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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Osceola hones in on next football coach



Osceola athletic director Mark Robertson said there were 60 applicants for the football position to replace coach George Palmer, who is retiring after 26 seasons.

The deadline for candidates to apply was Feb. 5. Robertson said he has already whittled the list to 14 with plans to get to a top 10 who will interview sometime next week.

“We want to move fast, but we also want to do our due diligence,” Robertson said. “We want to be sure we find the right person who is the right fit to take over for someone who is a legend.”

Palmer, 62, is retiring because he is in the Deferred Retirement Option Program, a lucrative package for teachers, and was not offered an extension. Palmer had the longest tenure of any current Pinellas County coach. That title now belongs to East Lake’s Bob Hudson, who will be entering his 14th season with the Eagles next year.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:58pm]


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