Palmer returns to guide Tiger Sharks

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:08 AM.

PORT ST. JOE — John Palmer is no typical first-year coach at Port St. Joe.

That makes sense because it isn’t really his first year in charge of the Tiger Sharks’ football program.

Palmer coached PSJ to a 57-27 record over seven years, including a state championship in 2005, before leaving to take over coaching duties at Hernando in 2008. Since vacating that post, Palmer served as a volunteer assistant for previous PSJ coach Chuck Gannon the past two years before he was named Gannon’s successor in January.

“Luckily I’m familiar with Chuck and the staff and everybody here,” Palmer said. “Most of the coaches coached with me before when was here. Getting acclimated to the coaching staff is not as pronounced as it would be for somebody coming into a new situation.

“Getting to know the players, it’s the same as going in anywhere else. But having known a lot of them when they were younger, that has made the transition a lot easier. I’m fortunate in those areas.”

The Tiger Sharks staked a District 4-1A title last year, and Palmer did not enter his post expecting or desiring to overhaul the coaching staff and the program’s philosophy on offense and defense.

“Our base offense is out of the Wing-T we ran here before, and we’ve added a couple wrinkles to it,” Palmer said. “It’s not a huge, total revamping of offense or defense. The packages remained the same. We’ve just added a couple packages that fit the personnel.”

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