C. Wayne Perry
Graduation Year: 1972
Induction Year: 2010
Sport (s): Football, Men's Track & Field

C. Wayne Perry '72 earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from DePauw and lettered in both football and track. A three-year starter at defensive tackle, Perry was a two-time first team all-Indiana Collegiate Conference selection. He was also the Tigers' most valuable player and the most valuable defensive lineman. He stayed at DePauw after graduation and worked as a graduate assistant for football, basketball and track. He then moved to East Central High School in Indiana where he served four years as head football coach and physical education department head, three years as head track coach and assistant basketball coach, and two years as head wrestling coach. In 1979 he moved to Hanover College as the football team's offensive coordinator, head track coach and assistant basketball coach. In 1982 he was named Hanover's head football coach and assistant professor in the health and fitness department. Perry retired from football coaching in 2007 and was named head women's and men's golf coach and continues to serve as assistant professor. Perry is the winningest coach in Indiana collegiate football history with 175 wins. He was named district or conference coach of the year 12 times and led 10 Hanover teams to national postseason play with playoff wins in 1984 and 2000. Perry directed the Hanover Panthers to a school-record 31 consecutive home victories and also coached Team USA (Division III senior all-stars) in the 2008 Aztec Bowl. His many honors include being named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mitch Daniels, receiving the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award, and being given the key to the city of Madison. Perry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Hanover, Ind.