The Harrisburg Horizon today named former Horizon player and former Slippery Rock University Head Coach, Jamal Palmer, to be its Head Coach.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Jamal Palmer on board to guide our team for the upcoming season,” stated team owner, Dick Anzolut. “He brings us a wealth of playing and coaching experience and will be no stranger to our fans who have watched him play in Harrisburg since he first joined the Horizon in 2004.
Palmer, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of West Catholic High School, played college basketball at Millersville University where he was named the 1998 PA State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Player of the Year.
After graduating from Millersville with a degree in social work in 1999, Palmer continued his playing career for four years at the professional level in England, Luxembourg and Finland. Following his only season playing for the Worthing Thunder in England, Palmer garnered MVP honors in the England Basketball League as a Forward / Center. Palmer followed that with Most Valuable Player honors in the Luxembourg Professional League.
Palmer returned to the U.S. in 2004 joined the coaching ranks as an assistant at Shippensburg University for two seasons before going to Slippery Rock as the Head Coach for the 2007-08 season.
Jamal was a standout on the Horizon front line as they claimed EBA Championships during his playing days of 2004-2008, His wife, Sasha, has been a member of the Lady Horizon since 2004, winning league MVP honors in 2006 and 2007.