Perry Cabean enters his third season as an assistant coach with the North Carolina A&T track and field programs. Cabean’s primary responsibility will be 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 teams.
The cross country programs have made tremendous improvements under Cabean, including a second-place finish for the men at the 2014 MEAC Cross Country Championships. Three Aggies earned All-MEAC honors for finishing in the top-15 including Cabean’s son Perry. Also in 2014, the Aggies claimed the HBCU Division I event at the Great American Cross Country Festival for the second straight year.
During the 2013 cross country season, the Aggies also had three runners earn All-MEAC honors at the conference championships. Darren White and Saeed Jones have captured two All-MEAC honors under Cabean’s tutelage.
On the track, the 2015 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships were a step forward for the Aggies distance program. Darren White earned second-team and third-team All-MEAC honors in the 3000 and 5000 meters respectively. A&T also took third in the distance medley relay.
During the 2014 outdoor season, White was also able to capture third-team All-MEAC honors in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
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 meters runner-up. Five years earlier, he coached the North Carolina 1A/2A/3A indoor boys 1000 meters 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.