Hanover College and DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame honoree, Wayne Perry, is currently the head coach for the Panthers’ men’s and women’s golf programs.
Perry, who has spent time as the head coach for multiple sports at Hanover, came to campus for his first year in 1979-80 as the offensive coordinator for the football team, a basketball assistant coach and the head track & field coach.
In 1982, Perry was picked to lead the Hanover football program as its head coach. He retired from coaching football after the 2007 season with 174 wins, setting a record for most victories among all collegiate divisions in the state of Indiana.
He was named the Heartland Conference coach of the year six times and earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 21 coach-of-the-year honor seven times before Hanover joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the early 1990s.
Perry’s Hanover teams posted a 174-88-2 record, along the way amassing eight conference championships, nine appearances in the national playoffs and each of the school’s four 10-win seasons.
In addition to the growth of the golf program, his women’s teams earned four consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles (2013-2016) and four berths in the NCAA Division III national tournament. The squads have combined to set every school team and individual 18-, 36-, 54- and 72-hole record.
Overall, in his time at Hanover, Perry has been named to 23 Coach of the Year honors by conferences or regions. He was also named the National Football Foundation Man of the Year in 2008, garnered the Sagamore of Wabash award, named Madison’s Favorite Son and given the key to the city.
Prior to his time at Hanover, Perry coached at DePauw University and East Central High School. While at DePauw, he coached football, basketball and track. At East Central, Perry headed the football, basketball and track teams, while also starting the wrestling program.
Wayne graduated from DePauw University in 1972.