Reggie Perkins and Tim Tiller.
Tony Tiller and Reggie Perkins have joined the Reinhardt University athletic department as assistant football coaches under head coach Dr. Danny Cronic. Tiller serves as the defensive backs coach while Perkins is in charge of the offensive line.
Tiller has been a volunteer defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., since 2008. He is the owner and an instructor for his own Tony Tiller Football Academy and has been a real estate associate since 2010. A former professional player as a defensive back, he was a part of the New York Sentinels (United Football League) and National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons in 2009. Tiller also spent time with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League (2008), along with Canadian Football League members that included the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2007), Calgary Stampeders (2006) and British Columbia Lions (2005). In 2004-05, he was with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs after earning All-American and All-Southern Conference honors three times at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., where he was also a two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).
“Tony was referred to me by a friend who is a vice president with the Atlanta Falcons,” Cronic said. “Tony has excellent people skills and is doing a good job recruiting the east side of metro Atlanta. His seven years of professional ball has given him a sound understanding of secondary play and we are delighted to have Tony on our staff.”
Born in Melbourne, Fla., Tiller received his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State in 2004. He is a 2000 graduate of Stephenson and is the founder/president of the Stephenson High School Football Alumni Association. He currently lives in Snellville, Ga.
“What I admire most about Reinhardt are the people,” Tiller said. “Since being here I have seen an excitement and commitment from the university for football to succeed. I believe that is huge when starting a program. I look to help bring in quality student-athletes that will embrace Reinhardt’s vision and contribute on and off the field.”
Perkins comes to Reinhardt from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga., where he spent the past six seasons, the last four as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. Before that, he coached offensive linemen at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. A standout along the offensive line himself, Perkins garnered All-American recognition three times from 2002-04 at NCAA Division II Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. In his final three years at CNC, Perkins’ teams posted a combined 32-6 overall record with three national playoff appearances.
“I spotted Reggie working a tryout practice at Lakewood Stadium this past winter and I was very impressed with the way he coached the players,” Cronic said. “After some research with the head coach at South Paulding (Tim Glanton) and his college position coach (Mike Turner) at Carson-Newman, we were able to get Reggie to come coach our offensive line. His brother, Franco Perkins, is the present head coach at Rome (Ga.) High School. Reggie is recruiting west of Atlanta.”
A native of Rome, Perkins earned his bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman in 2005 and went on to get a master’s at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University in 2008. He is a 2001 graduate of Rome High School. Perkins and his wife, Natalie, were married in June 2008.
“I was impressed with the atmosphere at Reinhardt,” Perkins said. “I also liked the fact that the majority of the faculty and staff are really excited about having a football program here. I feel that we will be able to corral the talent in the state of Georgia and be extremely competitive at the NAIA level.”
Tiller and Perkins join Cronic’s inaugural coaching staff that already includes his son Drew Cronic, Rusty Wright, Will Heath, Ryan Anderson and Larry Prather.
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