OKC Energy FC has announced the signing of Edmond, Okla., native Steve Perry, General Manager Jason Hawkins announced today. Perry attended Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and played collegiately at Notre Dame before joining the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL PRO.
"I am excited to be a part of the soccer community in Oklahoma again," Perry said. "The city has an exceptionally passionate fan base. I look forward to connecting with the fans and supporters, while giving them something worth cheering for. This team has the opportunity to start traditions, set the standard and begin the push for OKC to have an MLS team."
Perry was drafted in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. He played for the Finnish third division club, Ekenas IF, during the 2011 season. He signed with the Hammerheads in March 2012.
He was a 2010 First Team All-BIG EAST selection for the Fighting Irish and earned second team All-Great Lakes Region honors from the NSCAA that same season. He was a four-time BIG EAST Academic All Star. He was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American.
Perry played in 75 career games for Notre Dame and made 33 starts. He registered 15 goals and eight assists during his four years and was named the team's most valuable player as a senior. He previously played in the PDL for the Indiana Invaders in 2009 and 2010.
He earned NSCAA High School Scholar All-American honors and was name Bishop McGuinness' most valuable player as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was the team's top offensive player as a sophomore and senior, and earned all-city second team honors as a junior from The Daily Oklahoman. The Oklahoman named him its offensive player of the year as a senior, and he was honored as The Oklahoman/Jim Thorpe Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Bishop McGuinness won the 2007 state championship and Perry was named to the all-state team that same season. He scored 40 goals, an Oklahoma single-season record, as a senior and had 10 assists. He was a three-time team captain.
"It will be a bit strange playing again at my old stomping grounds," he added. "But, it will be fun to reconnect with old friends and familiar faces."
Perry is the son of Michael and Janet Perry and graduated with a finance degree from Notre Dame.
"We are delighted to bring Steven home to be an integral part of our squad this year," said Energy FC Assistant Coach Chris Spendlove. "He's a powerful player with tons of pace and a fantastic attitude. His years away from Oklahoma, playing in different environments, have helped develop his game."