Don Perkins joined the Cougar staff in 2009 after a two year stint as the assistant coach at Mississippi State University.
In three seasons at Kean, Perkins has tallied a 42-53 overall record, with the Cougars recording their first winning season since 2002 as he led the team to a 20-17 record during the 2010 campaign. Perkins has also challenged the program with a competitive schedule of opponents with the NCAA’s maximum dates of competition during the last two seasons.
While at Mississippi State, Perkins was responsible for working with the outside hitters as well as strengthening the serving game. At MSU, he coordinated the recruiting program and oversaw team travel and scheduling.
Prior to arriving at Mississippi State, Perkins was the head coach at SUNYIT (The State University of New York Institute of Technology). While at SUNYIT, Perkins restructured the women's program while also undertaking the task of developing a varsity level men's program.
In all, Perkins has over 14 years of coaching experience ranging from summer camps and club teams to working with USA Volleyball in training and evaluation. He also established the High Performance Program for Upstate New York, and created the Great Nor'easter youth volleyball tournament in Albany, New York. Perkins was also a student-athlete at Syracuse University and was a member of the men's volleyball club.
Perkins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University in 2000 and his master's degree in public administration from the University of Albany, Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Public Affairs in 2002.
Cassie Nealon enters her second season with the Cougar coaching staff.
Nealon comes to Kean from another “KU” as she played for the University of Kansas national club team from 2006-2011, serving as team captain from 2007-2011. Nealon has been playing volleyball for most of her life and took it to the next level during high school as her club teams from St. Louis, Missouri played in Junior Olympic National Tournaments from 2004-2006.
While attending the University of Kansas, Nealon transitioned to coaching and was an assistant coach at Lawrence High School in addition to a 14 and under girls club team.
Nealon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 2011 both from the University of Kansas. She is currently employed as a mathematics teacher at local Orange High School.
Brian Sadej joins the Cougars for his second season as an assistant.
Sadej has experience both as a player and recently as a coach. As an athlete he competed for the Rutgers University Volleyball Club as a four year starter. His club won one conference championship and two divisional championships during his tenure. Before entering college, Sadej competed at local JP Stevens high school.
On the sidelines, Sadej has coached the Rutgers University women’s club volleyball team and several high school teams and summer camps.
Sadej earned a duel Bachelor of Arts degree in both Criminal Justice and Political Science from Rutgers in 2010.