After spending his initial season at the Landon School as the head of the sixth grade boys’ basketball team, Rory Perkins was named head coach of the Bears varsity Friday.

Perkins had previously served as the freshman coach at Flint Hill from 2003-2013, and he has previous varsity head coaching experience at his alma mater St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes from 1996-2002.

“The last couple of years I was itching to get back into running a varsity program again,” Perkins said. “I’ve started a family and I felt that Landon was a good fit for me. And it was a good time for me to run a program.”

Perkins, 44, won three Interstate Athletic Conference titles as a player at St. Stephen’s School, the name of the all-boys private school in Alexandria before it merged with St. Agnes School in 1991. Soon after, the 1987 graduate received his first job upon his graduation from Hampden-Sydney College from his alma mater. From 1991-1996 he served as freshman basketball coach and assistant varsity basketball coach for the Saints.

He brings over a decade of coaching experience in the IAC to a program that has fallen on tough times with 18 total wins over its past three seasons. Former Coach Andy Luther resigned in March after eight seasons at the helm and two conference titles.

“We just have to work hard and that starts with the middle school program all the way up,” Perkins said. “If we all buy into things and work hard, great things can be ahead of us, but that starts with getting in the gym and putting time in.”

Perkins will continue to serve as the sixth grade basketball coach and will teach eighth grade Algebra I in the middle school.