Southern Miss takes on Louisiana Tech this Saturday in Ruston, La.
Six new assistant coaches have been named.
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Pete Perot returns to Southern Miss for the second time as he becomes a member of coach Todd Monken's staff following a successful 12-year run at Louisiana Tech.
Perot previously served as a member of coach Jeff Bower's staff from 1997 to 1999 in the same capacity. Under Perot's direction, the Golden Eagle offensive line paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher each season (Harold Shaw in 1997 and Derrick Nix in 1998 and 1999).
One of the most distinguished offensive line coaches in the game today, Perot had been a member of the Bulldog staff for a total of 23 years, beginning in 1986 as a volunteer assistant after his playing days. In 1988, Perot was tabbed to lead the offensive line, a position he held until coming to the Golden Eagles in 1997.
Following the 1999 season, Perot returned to Ruston and had been a mainstay ever since. In 2009, Louisiana Tech's offensive finished 29th national in rushing and 46th nationally in scoring. That year, Daniel Porter became the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,352 career yards and was just the second player in school history to record consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Over the previous two seasons, Perot tutored lineman Stephen Warner to back-to-back All-WAC First Team honors and Kris Cavitt to first team honors in 2011 The 2012 Bulldogs led the nation in total offense and helped quarterback Colby Cameron to Offensive Player of the Year and running back Kenneth Dixon to Freshman of the Year honors in the WAC. Two more Tech linemen earned second team honors in 2012 as well. Perot's lined paved the way for an offense that also finished second nationally in total offense, fourth in passing and 18th in rushing. Dixon, who also earned Freshman All-American honors, broke Marshall Faulk's NCAA records for most rushing touchdowns season by a freshman (27), most touchdowns in a season by a freshman (28) and most points scored in a season by a freshman (168).
Perot's professional playing career included stops at the NFL level with the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-84) and New Orleans Saints (1985-86), highlighted by his start for Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV. He played collegiately at Northwestern State where he stated all four years before being drafted in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft.
Perot is married to the former Kate Adams of Hodge, La., and the couple has two sons, Joey and Josh.
|Perot at Glance|
|2000-12||Louisiana Tech||Offensive Line|
|1997-99||Southern Miss||Offensive Line|
|1988-1996||Louisiana Tech||Offensive Line|
|1986-87||Louisiana Tech||Volunteer Assistant|
|2011||Louisiana Tech||Poinsettia Bowl|
|2008||Louisiana Tech||Independence Bowl (Interim HC)|
|2001||Louisiana Tech||Humanitarian Bowl|
|1999||Southern Miss||Liberty Bowl|
|1998||Southern Miss||Humanitarian Bowl|
|1997||Southern Miss||Liberty Bowl|
|1990||Louisiana Tech||Independence Bowl|