Sarah Palmer, a physical education teacher at North Carroll Middle School, has been named girls varsity basketball at North Carroll High School. Athletic director Bill Rumbaugh made the announcement yesterday.
Palmer is in her first year in the county, having previously taught and coached (girls JV basketball) at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. There, she was involved during her last two years at Salisbury State University and for one year following graduation.
"Since I was new to the county, I wanted to get settled and learn about the area," Palmer said yesterday of her first year here. "However, even before this opportunity came up, I had thought about seeing if I could help out with basketball next year.
"This is the first year I didn't have basketball since I was little. It's my all-time favorite sport, and I wanted to get back to it."
The former Sarah Jones is a graduate of Glenelg High School, where she played four years of varsity basketball, plus soccer and lacrosse.
She had played summer league lacrosse at North Carroll in the past, liked the area and was delighted to get the middle school position when it became available. She had been looking for a similar job in Howard County.
At Salisbury State, she played basketball her first two years, setting a record for free throws made in a single game (14) that still stands. There was also lacrosse and track, but junior-year injuries set her to coaching early. She graduated in 1996.
Palmer succeeds Greg Knill, whose teams won two county titles during his eight-year career. The Panthers, with only one senior last season, were 9-14.
Pub Date: 5/01/98