Dr. Tom Perkins
Women's Basketball Coach
Inducted in 2000
Dr. Perkins was the head women's basketball coach at UVSC for 12 years, during which time he compiled an impressive 278-48 record. His teams won 10 Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference crowns, six Scenic West titles, and three Region 18 championships. At the time of his retirement in 1995, his .853 winning percentage was the best of any active JC coach with at least 300 games. His teams won 20 or more games in 10 of his 12 seasons, and never lost more than eight games in any one season. Perkins was named the Region 18 Coach of the Year three times. His best season was in the 93-94 campaign, when the Wolverines went 29-1. He also had a 25-1 season in 85-86, and a 29-3 season in 90-91. His teams had 25 or more wins seven times.
Perkins began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with Skyline High's 1977 4A state championship men's team in Salt Lake City. He then served as a graduate assistant with the men's team at the University of Utah. Next came a two-year stint as the head coach for the Layton High women's team. He went 17-5 his first year, then followed up with a perfect 21-0 record and the state title in 1981. Perkins first came to UVSC as an assistant for the men's program. But in 1984, he took over the reins for the women's team, which had won only two games over the previous five years. He soon propelled the Wolverines to a position of prominence in the region.
Perkins is a native of Utah, a graduate of Viewmont High and the University of Utah. He has his bachelor's and Master degrees from Utah, and a doctorate in physical education from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Sally are the parents of four children: Angela, Robbie, Joey, and Alyssa. Perkins, after leaving his coaching post, worked at UVU as an instructor in the health and physical education department. He later served as an assistant coach for the women's team at Northern Colorado University, then took the head women's coaching job at Wasatch High in Heber City, Utah.