Ron Perry's record of athletic
success is unique in Crusader history. A standout in both
basketball and baseball, Perry was a key factor in two national
championships for Holy Cross.
In basketball, Perry played three varsity seasons and led the Crusaders to the NIT in 1952, the Eastern Regional finals of the NCAA's in 1953, and the NIT Championship in 1954. As co-captain of the 1954 team, Perry was the point guard for a team which not only won the second national championship in Crusader basketball history, but also won the Sugar Bowl Championship in New Orleans that year. The basketball team was 70-12 in his three years.
His baseball success was just as impressive, as he led the Crusaders to a College World Series title in 1952 as a sophomore pitcher. Perry defeated Texas 2-1 with the Crusaders facing elimination in the tournament, and they ran the table after that game to take the title. His next two seasons also saw the Crusaders playing for a championship, but they lost in the NCAA regional each year. He capped his pitching career off by throwing a no-hitter against Harvard on his birthday during his senior season. Holy Cross was 49-9 during his career on the diamond.
His record of success continued after graduation, this time in the coaching ranks. He led Catholic Memorial High School to an amazing 292-34 mark along with two state championships. In 1972 he returned to Holy Cross and served with distinction as Athletic Director for more than a quarter of a century.