Gallatin native Kyle Perry was recently promoted to the men’s basketball program’s associate head coach at the University of South Carolina at Upstate.

The Spartan program is in the Atlantic Sun Conference. USC Upstate transitioned to being a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program – after having previously been a Division II program – in the 2007-08 season.

Perry arrived at USC Upstate prior to the 2009-10 season, helping the Spartans in that transition to Division I with his recruiting success.

Perry’s recruiting landed Torrey Craig and Bearden High School sharp-shooter Ty Greene in consecutive seasons. That duo claimed back-to-back Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honors, and Craig went on to become the A-Sun Player of the Year in 2011-12.

Perry – who coaches under Eddie Payne, who is entering his 13th season at the helm of the Spartans – helped the program capture wins over Virginia Tech University and the University of South Carolina last season. Those victories were the first over programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC), respectively, in school history.

USC Upstate finished with a 19-15 record in 2013-14, placing third in the A-Sun during the regular season, reaching the Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinal round for the second consecutive season (dropping a 78-75, double-overtime contest at Georgia’s Mercer University in March) and earning a berth in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, suffering a 63-60 loss to Towson (Md.) University in its opener.