Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger has announced the hiring of Rickey Perkins as the new head coach of the BGSU swimming and diving program. Perkins previously served as the men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach at the University of Evansville since 2002.
A five-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year (2005-06, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15), Perkins coached 13 Missouri Valley individual champions and 70 First Team All-Conference selections while at Evansville. Additionally, 30 school records were broken, and a total of 16 All-American performances took place under the watch of Perkins.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Perkins to the Falcon family,” BGSU AD Bob Moosbrugger said. “Rickey is an experienced and successful head coach having been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year five times during his tenure at Evansville. His passion and desire to coach and mentor student-athletes in and out of the pool is something that attracted us to him. He will be an outstanding addition to our staff. We welcome him and his wife Delores to the BGSU community.”
Perkins and his teams excelled away from the pool. While at UE, Perkins earned the Director of Athletics Award for Excellence under the category of “The Student-Athlete Experience.” Evansville teams also flourished in the classroom. Perkins coached four Academic All-Americans, and his teams racked up a total of 95 Missouri Valley Conference All-Scholar awards.
“I am excited and honored to be the next Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Bowling Green State University,” commented Perkins. “I want to thank Bob Moosbruggerand everyone at the University for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank the University of Evansville, the alumni and the current team members. It has been a wonderful 16 years. I will miss everything, but I am looking forward to this new adventure. The MAC is a great conference and MAC women’s swimming and diving is on the rise, and I am eager to see what we can do at BGSU.”
Prior to arriving in Evansville, Perkins served as the head assistant swimming coach, recruiting coordinator and academic coach at the University of Washington from 1999-2002. Perkins assisted in the organization and administration of all phases for the Division I, PAC-12 program.
Before arriving at Washington, Perkins spent one year (1998-99) as a National Coach for the Barracuda Swim Club in Nassau, Bahamas, working with competitive age groups as well as the senior program. Under his guidance, the National Team broke seven meet records and recorded its highest finish ever at the CARIFTA Swim Championships, which is the top swim meet among Caribbean countries.
Perkins got his start in coaching at the high school and club levels in Anchorage, Alaska in 1989, eventually working his way up to become the head swimming coach at his alma mater – the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Perkins worked at his alma mater as the head coach from 1994-98.
Perkins’ wife, Delores, a special education teacher, also served as a volunteer assistant coach on Rickey’s staff at Evansville. Originally from Midland, Texas, Perkins earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.