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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Osceola hires Kevin Smalley to take over football program



Osceola hired assistant Kevin Smalley to take over the football program, athletic director Mark Robertson said Wednesday morning.

Smalley played four years with the Warrors and spent the last six seasons on the coaching staff. He replaces George Palmer, who is retiring after 26 years at the school.

"Kevin was just the right fit for us," Robertson said. "He was already here at the school and came with a strong recommendation from George Palmer, which is saying something."

The school had 60 applicants and whittled the list down to five finalists who interviewed Monday and Tuesay.

Smalley stood out because of the contunuity he brings with the staff. Nearly every assistant is expected to return. The one exception is Mike O'Hanlon, who is retiring after 20 years. 

The wing-T offense, long a staple at the school under Palmer, will most likely remain in place. Last year, the Warriors made the playoffs as a district runnerup but are graduating the bulk of their offensive backfield. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 1:57pm]


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