ALBANY — The interim tag has been lifted from Mike Perno’s title, as The College of Saint Rose announced Friday he had been named the new head coach of the school’s men’s basketball team.
Perno, a 2000 Saint Rose graduate, is in his 13th season coaching with the program and served as the interim head coach this season through the Golden Knights’ 8-12 start after longtime head coach Brian Beaury retired in October. Previously, Perno also led Saint Rose on a day-to-day basis during the 2006-07, 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons when Beaury dealt with health-related issues.
“Mike Perno is the right person at the right time to take over the head coaching reigns at Saint Rose,” Saint Rose athletic director Cathy Haker said in a press release announcing Perno’s new position. “Mike served as an assistant under Brian Beaury’s mentorship and successfully stepped in as interim head coach in Brian’s absence, which included two trips to the NCAA Regionals. Mike is highly respected on campus and in the basketball network both regionally and nationally. He knows what it takes to be successful in the highly competitive NE10 and we are excited to have him lead our program.”
Beaury totaled a 643-326 record during his tenure at Saint Rose.
“I am so pleased to name Mike Perno the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at Saint Rose,” Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco said. “Coach Perno embodies Golden Knights athletics, from his quiet confidence on the bench to his emphasis on academics and service to others off the court. As a former player at Saint Rose, he has great respect for what it means to be a Golden Knight, a bond that extends a lifetime as evidenced by the relationships he’s continued with his former teammates and the players he coached during his 12 years as an assistant. The Northeast-10 Conference is a highly respected, competitive league, and coach Perno will meet that high standard as our program’s leader.”
Perno lives with his wife and children in Clifton Park.