Palmer, Tillman Recommended for St. Joe, Wewa Openings

Port St. Joe, FL---Both Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe High Schools have settled on their next head football coaches. Superintendent of Gulf County Schools, Jim Norton, tells NewsChannel 7 Sports both schools have made their recommendations Friday.

Wewahitchka is recommending the board approve Loren Tillman as the Gators' next head coach. Tillman is the former head coach at Bozeman High School.

He resigned from that job last month. Tillman will begin on July 1st, current Dennis Kizziah will guide the program through spring practice before officially stepping down. Though it's expected Tillman will have input with the team during spring.

Port St. Joe is recommending the school board approve the hiring of John Palmer as the Shark's next head coach. That approval is expected.

Coach Palmer rather familiar to the St. Joe faithful, he was the head coach there from 2001 to 2008, and in 7 seasons racked up a 57-27 record. That included multiple playoff berths and the 2005 1A state championship.

Coach Palmer left St. Joe in 2008 to coach at Hernando, his alma mater. He left there a couple of seasons ago citing health reasons.

He is obviously ready to get back into the game, and if approved by the board, and that's expected, he will replace Chuck Gannon who is retiring. Palmer set to begin work March 1st.