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Lawrence Co. hires Palmer as new head football coach

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Lawrence County's new head football coach Jaymie Palmer is ready to get the season started.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Lawrence County’s new head football coach Jaymie Palmer is ready to get the season started.

Jaymie Palmer returns home to Monticello as the new head football coach at Lawrence County. He replaces Coach Herbert Davis, who recently left for the head football coach job at Madison-Ridgeland Academy after one season at the helm for JCHS Cougar football.

“I am very excited to be coming back home as the head coach,” said Palmer. “We are looking forward to get things started here for spring training, which will help us prepare for our summer workouts for the upcoming season.”

Palmer, 37, is a 1995 LCHS graduate. He played baseball two years at Co-Lin for Coach Keith Case. He later transferred to Southern Miss and majored in coaching and sports administration.

Palmer graduated from Alabama in 2000 with a degree in kinesiology. He was a graduate assistant for Coach Mike Dubose at Alabama. He was an assistant at Brookhaven from 2001-04, helping Coach Tucker Peavey’s Panthers capture the Class 4A state title in 2004. He also helped as an assistant coach for BHS baseball from 2001-2004 under Randy Spring.

In 2005, Palmer worked under Anthony Hart as the offensive coordinator at Lafayette County. He also served as an offensive coordinator under Mike Davis for one season in 2010 at Lawrence County.

He is currently part of the BHS staff, a position he has held since 2006, and teaches U.S. history.

Palmer is looking forward to his new opportunity in Monticello. He will take on the responsibilities of Lead Teacher and head football coach.

Palmer’s goal is to start developing the team’s character by helping the kids improve academically. We also want to be a discipline and physical team.

Palmer stated that he loves the community support in Lawrence County. “I just would like to encourage the community to become more actively involved as our kids try to raise money for our football program which will help relieve stress from football parents having to buy their kid’s gear.

“We are planning to sell ads and have other fundraisers to help generate money. We will also try to create sponsorships from companies to help us build a monster board.”

Jaymie also mentioned that he would like to start a kids’ clinic to help the kids stay involved in sports activities in our lower elementary grades, at Topeka Tilton and New Hebron.

Palmer is married to his high school sweetheart, Lori Myers of Monticello. They have an 8-year-old daughter, Anniston; and a 6-year-old son, Carter.