Lake Erie College Athletics announced that Todd Perdas has been officially named the next head coach of the Storm Women’s Basketball program.
“We are excited to have Coach Perdas join the Storm”, said Molly Hoffman, Director of Athletics. “His experience in Division 2 and knowledge of our region set him up for success as the newest leader of the women’s basketball program.”
Perdas comes to Lake Erie from Fairland High School in Proctorville, Ohio. In his role as Assistant Girl’s Basketball Coach, he helped the Dragons achieve a tremendous amount of team and individual success. During the 2021-22 season, FHS compiled a 25-3 record, as well as conference, sectional, and district championships. Five Dragons (Bree Allen, Kam Barnitz, Reece Barnitz, Kylee Bruce, Tomi Hinkle) earned All-Conference honors, four (Allen, K. Barnitz, Bruce, Hinkle) were named All-District, three (Allen, Bruce, Hinkle) received All-State recognition, and Hinkle won both Ohio Valley Conference and District 13 Player of the Year.
Perdas served two stints on the women’s basketball staff at Alderson Broaddus University. In between those stints, Perdas had coaching stops at Garden City Community College, Holy Cross College, and Kansas Wesleyan University. During his time at KWU, the Coyotes were ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation and knocked off three ranked teams during the regular season. But more impressively was the work Perdas put in with his players in the classroom. The team posted a 3.49 GPA and produced five NAIA scholar-athletes.
“I fell in love with Lake Erie College, the campus, the surrounding area, and the people during the interview process, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be the women’s basketball coach here,” said Perdas. I’m especially grateful to our Athletic Director, Molly Hoffman, and the rest of the hiring committee for entrusting me with the program. The GMAC has quickly become one of the premier Division II conferences in the country, but the team and I are definitely up for the challenge.”
Perdas began his coaching career in 2000 as a boy’s assistant at his alma mater, South Webster High School. After two years there, he was hired as the lead boy’s assistant at Notre Dame High School. In 2004, Perdas made the jump to the collegiate level when he became an assistant for the men’s squad at Ohio University Southern. Perdas then returned to the men’s game in 2010 as an assistant at Kentucky Christian University.
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