Palmer steps down as Port St. Joe football coach

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf County superintendent Jim Norton has confirmed to WJHG that Port St. Joe head football coach John Palmer is officially stepping down as head coach of the Tiger Sharks.

Coach Palmer informed his players of the decision today.

The decision to step down stems from a medical condition that affected Palmer during the 2017 season, forcing him to temporarily step aside in favor of interim head coach Josh Dailey.

Dailey has since become the principal at Port St. Joe High School and is now part of the decision making process that will hire Palmer's successor.

Mr. Norton told us he expects to receive a recommendation from Dailey late next week, potentially going before the school board for approval by next Friday.

Palmer spent two stints at the helm of the Port St. Joe program, leading the team from 2001-2007 and 2014-2017. In 11 years under Palmer's guidance, the Tiger Sharks posted a record of 149-40 with a state championship in 2005 and 2014.

Palmer will remain with the school in an administrative role, but will give up his position as athletic director.