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Kennesaw State lets go of coach Nitra Perry

Kennesaw State met with Nitra Perry today, to inform her the university would begin searching for a new coach to take over the women’s basketball team. Perry served as the head coach for the Owls for the last four seasons.

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Kennesaw State has decided to not renew the contract of coach Nitra Perry, per multiple sources. Sources tell Swish Appeal that Perry was informed of that decision this afternoon.

Perry has been the coach at Kennesaw State since 2012 -- amassing a 41-80 record -- when she became the universities sixth head coach. Prior to the start of this season, Perry was under investigation for player mistreatment. After the conclusion of the investigation, Perry was cleared of any wrongdoing. Before being the coach at Kennesaw, Perry was an assistant at the University of Toledo.

In the four years, Perry was an assistant at the University of Toledo, in the 2011-2012 season, she was the program's associate head coach. She was involved in academic support, individual conditioning workouts, as well as scouting. Perry was also the Rockets' recruiting coordinator. The recruiting class of 2010-2011 happened to be ranked the best in the MAC, based on the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, which Perry helped to orchestrate

While in the Mid-American Conference, Perry was apart of a staff leading the Rockets to a 96-40 overall record during her four years there..

In her final year with Toledo, Perry was a part of a Rockets team that made it to the Elite Eight in the WNIT, going 24-10. She mentored the 2012 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Andola Dortch, as well as the number six nationally ranked three-point shooter in the country in Courtney Ingersoll.

Before coming to Toledo, Perry coached along the sidelines of her Alma mater, Mississippi State. There here duties were player development, practice preparation, assisting with recruitment and overseeing academics. Perry was a mentor then too, mentoring All-SEC Freshman performers Alexis Rack and Mary Kathryn Govero.

Perry was a member of the Mississippi State Bulldogs from 1996-2000 where she received honors of honorable mention All-SEC, SEC Academic Honor Roll, and SEC All-Tournament team. Perry was a member of three Lady Bulldog squads to reach postseason play, making two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one to the WNIT.

During her senior campaign in 2000, she helped MSU to a program-best 24 wins and a run to the SEC Tournament Championship game.

Perry played professionally overseas in Portugal and Italy and competed for the Birmingham Power of the NWBL before she began coaching.