Palmer returning to PSJ; Tillman hired at Wewahitchka

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 09:04 AM.

Palmer stepped down as football coach at Hernando two years ago to address health issues, but has a clean bill of health and has been a presence on a volunteer basis for the Tiger Sharks the past two years.

He has done some scouting for Coach Chuck Gannon, who retires at the end of the school year, and had worked the press box as a volunteer assistant for some games, particularly in the past year.

“The job Chuck has done the past two years to get the program back on track is a large part of all this,” Palmer said. “Our goal is to keep that upswing going. That is the job of next year’s team – to keep that going.

“We are very excited and can’t wait to get to work.”

Due to Gannon’s retirement, Palmer’s official hire date is March 24, allowing him to assume the reins of the football team in advance of the May 1 opening of spring football.

Tillman, who stepped aside as Bozeman football coach after 14 years, the last nine on the varsity level, will be, to some degree, going home.

His mother and father are from multi-generational Wewahitchka families and he said that when he graduated from Florida State University nearly two decades ago, Wewahitchka High School was the first place he looked for a job, though no openings existed.

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