University of Kansas

Kansas football set to add TCU assistant Kenny Perry to staff, filling last opening

More than a month after being officially announced as Kansas’ new football coach, David Beaty is close to completing his staff.

Beaty is set to hire TCU assistant coach Kenny Perry to coach the Jayhawks’ cornerbacks and serve as co-defensive coordinator with Clint Bowen, a source with knowledge of the hire confirmed to The Star on Wednesday. Perry’s hire fills the last remaining opening among the nine full-time assistants on Beaty’s staff; Kansas has announced the hiring of eight other assistant coaches and a strength coach.

Perry, like Beaty, is a former high school coach from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His relationship with Beaty dates back years, to his time as the coach at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Perry joined the TCU staff in 2013 as its director of high school relations. He was promoted to cornerbacks coach in March 2014.

Perry, who graduated from Houston in 1993, was a four-year letterwinner for the Cougars from 1988-91 before serving as a graduate assistant at his alma mater from 1992-94. Like Beaty, Perry is a well respected recruiter in the state of Texas, especially the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Kansas had yet to officially announce Perry’s hiring.

Kansas football staff



David Beaty

Head coach

Clint Bowen

Defensive coordinator

Gary Hyman

Special teams/tight ends

Kevin Kane


Klint Kubiak


Rob Likens

Offensive coordinator

Reggie Mitchell

Running backs

Kenny Perry

Cornerbacks/Co-defensive coordinator

Calvin Thibodeaux

Defensive line

Zach Yenser

Offensive line

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