George J. Perles
GEORGE PERLES - MSU Varsity 'S' Henry C. Bullough Winner - 2013
 
George J. Perles
George J. Perles (born July 16, 1934) is a former American football player and coach. He was a defensive line coach, defensive coordinator, and assistant head coach for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972–1982 [1] and the head coach at Michigan State University from 1983–1994. Perles was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees in 2006. He began serving an eight-year term beginning January 1, 2007.
 
From 1990-1992, Perles served as Director of Athletics at MSU. During those years, the football team was Big Ten co-champions, the men's bas-ketball team twice was in the NCAA tournament, and the hockey team was in the "Frozen Four."
 
An Army veteran, Perles received his bachelor's degree from MSU in 1960, and a master's degree in educational administration in 1961. Cited often for his entrepreneurial leadership in public service activities, Perles is especially known for his long-time association with the Special Olympics, for which he has created and hosted a highly successful golf-outing fund raiser since 1987.
 
He has served on the Board of Blue Cross and the selection committee of the Hula Bowl. He is a contributor to the Harris Interactive College Football Poll. In 2006 he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Perles and his wife Sally are the parents of four children, Kathy, Terry, John, and Patrick; they have six grandchildren.

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