Mara Cunningham Perkins
Mara Cunningham Perkins
Title: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
The 2017-18 season will mark Mara Cunningham Perkins’ first campaign on the sidelines assisting the Stormy Petrels. 
 
Cunningham Perkins has never shied away from a challenge. Coming out of northern Virginia as an All-State, Converse and AAU All-America forward, she decided to try her athletic and academic skill at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in the powerhouse SEC. During her career, Cunningham Perkins was blessed to be part of teams that finished no lower than the Sweet 16. Her team made an appearance in the Final Four at the end of her sophomore year (after she came back from an ACL reconstruction), and she earned MVP honors at the SEC tournament, as well as NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team accolades.
 
Cunningham Perkins has had the opportunity to play at the highest levels and for some of the best coaches around, having been selected for the U.S. junior national team, playing professionally for the American Basketball League, and abroad in Spain and Greece, before coaching and training young athletes privately. She enjoys sharing a training mentality that is a result of these experiences with each team and player she works with.
 
She graduated from Vanderbilt with a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Master of Education. She currently is the commissioner of the girls’ basketball program at the Northside Youth Organization in metro Atlanta, and is an active board member of the Educational Advisory Foundation and Philanthropic Educational Organization. 
 
Cunningham Perkins is married to Madison and has two children, Kent and Reece.