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Donald Perrin named new Head Coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University has named a new wrestling coach for the 2002-03 season.

The newest member of the Panther staff is Donald Perrin, a former standout wrestler for PSU in the mid-1990s. He takes over the PSU program from Dave Carlson, who left after seven successful seasons to pursue personal goals.

Perrin has been the assistant wrestling coach at Plymouth Regional High School the past five years. He helped the Bobcats to New Hampshire State championships in 2001 and 2002 and was selected N.H. Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001.

"It is truly an honor to be the head coach at your alma mater, and I am thrilled to join the PSU staff," said Perrin. "Coaching at Plymouth High has been an excellent experience for me, but I am excited at the challenge of coaching at the university level. Coach Carlson has done an outstanding job at PSU for several years, and I hope to pick up from where he left off."

A 1996 PSU graduate with a degree in Computer Information Systems, Perrin was a three-time All-New England wrestler for the Panthers, placing in the top six at the New England Championships in '92, '94 and '95.

"We are very happy to welcome Donald Perrin to the PSU coaching staff," said PSU athletic director John P. Clark. "He is an outstanding young man with a passion for wrestling who has been involved with the PSU community for over a decade. We are very confident that our wrestling program is in good hands and will continue to have success under Coach Perrin's leadership."

Perrin inherits a Panther team that finished 9-7 in dual matches in 2001-02 and placed fourth out of 15 teams at the New England Championships.