Port St. Joe, Fla. - John Palmer is stepping down as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Port St. Joe High School.
He notified the players Friday morning.
His decision to leave the team is due to medical concerns that forced him to step aside for the final month of the 2017 season. Josh Dailey filled in as interim coach to finish out the season.
This ends Coach Palmer's second tenure coaching the Tiger Sharks. He first coached them from 2001 to 2007, and won his first 1A State Championship in 2005. He has since been back coaching the team since 2014, winning another title in his first year back. He has a career record of 87-36 as Head Coach on the Port St. Joe sidelines.
Palmer will remain with the school as Dean of Students.
The school now enters a search for Palmer's successor. Superintendent Jim Norton says a recommendation for a new head coach could come as early as next Thursday, with a hire being made official Friday.
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