Perry leaving Penn State
Posted 4/22/2009 10:03 PM CDT on
Cael Sanderson's coaching staff at Penn State won't include Mark Perry.

The former Iowa star informed the new wrestling coach of the Nittany Lions on Tuesday that he intends to pursue other coaching opportunities and won't return to Penn State next season.

Perry, a two-time NCAA champion with the Hawkeyes, was in his first year as an assistant with the Nittany Lions under Troy Sunderland, who resigned as the Penn State coach earlier this month. Sanderson was introduced as the new coach of the Nittany Lions Monday and said he will bring assistants Cody Sanderson and Casey Cunningham with him from Iowa State.

"I wanted to be at Penn State, I enjoyed it, I became close with some of the younger kids like Quentin Wright, Brad Pataky, Frankie Molinaro and some of the kids who redshirted," Perry said. "But he's bringing his own staff. I don't think (staying at Penn State in a lesser role) is the right step in what my overall goals are. It eliminates me being able to coach in the corner and recruit, which is crucial for where I'm trying to get. I've got to move forward to better things to get where I want to be."