Perry Cabean became an assistant track and field coach at North Carolina A&T under director of track & field programs Duane Ross in 2013. Cabean’s primary responsibility is to coach the Aggies men’s and women’s cross country runners as well as assists with the distance runners for the track and field indoor and outdoor seasons.
The cross country programs have made tremendous improvements under Cabean, including back-to-back second-place finish for the men at the MEAC Cross Country Championships in 2014 and ‘15. In each season since 2013, the Aggies have placed at least two male members, including three runners in 2014 and ‘15, on the All-MEAC team because those runners finished in the top-15 at the MEAC championships. Darren White is a three-time All-MEAC performer under Cabean’s tutelage.
During the 2015 MEAC championships, Cabean coached freshman Hakeem Mustafaa to a second-place finish, while White finished third. Cabean has also led the Aggies to back-to-back (2013 & 2014) HBCU Robert Shumake Great American Cross Country Festival titles.
During the track seasons, White has prospered with Cabean’s leadership. White captured third-team All-MEAC honors in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 2014 before earning second-team and third-team All-MEAC honors in the 3000 and 5000 meters at the 2015 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. White was a third-team All-MEAC selection after finishing third in the 5,000 meters at the 2016 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships while teammate and Cabean’s son Perry Cabean was second-team All-MEAC in the 10,000 meters.
Cabean joined the Aggies after 10 successful years as the distance coach and director of athletics of the Tri-City Relays Track Club. Cabean guided his youth cross country team to the AAU national team title in 2012 in the Boys High School division. Additionally, he also coached a second-place finisher in the 5000 meters of the Young Woman’s division. In 2010, Cabean’s cross country team finished as AAU national runner-up in the Intermediate Boys division boasted by an individual national title in the 2000-meters cross country run in the Primary Girls division.
Overall, Cabean has assisted in the development of 32 AAU track and field All-Americans, 11 USATF track and field All-Americans, eight AAU cross country All-Americans, and two USATF cross country All-Americans. More than 40 Tri-City athletes have moved on to participate as NCAA student-athletes.
Prior to his time with AAU programs, Cabean coached the cross country and track and field teams at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Mich., in 1995 and 1996. Cabean coached the 2012 North Carolina 1A/2A/3A indoor girls 3200-meter runner-up. Five years earlier, he coached the North Carolina 1A/2A/3A indoor boys 1000-meter champion.
At Ronald Reagan High School in Pfafftown, N.C., Cabean assisted coach Christopher Catton with the boys and girls distance runners. Reagan finished runner-up at the boys 4A N.C. state championships, winning the boys 4A 4x800 meter relay. In 2011, the Reagan cross country team finished fifth at the 4A N.C. state championships.
Cabean is a native of Highland Park, Mich., where he was an outstanding distance runner at Highland Park Community High School. Cabean attended the University of Michigan where he briefly participated with the cross country and track and field teams.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Cabean attended Bowling Green State University where he earned an MBA in finance. Cabean is a USA Track and Field Level 1 Certified Coach and is a USA Track and Field Certified Official. He resides in Lewisville, North Carolina with his wife Flora and two sons, Perry and Miles.