The Galion City School District Board of Education approved the hiring of coaches for the newly created boys and girls soccer programs at Galion High School during a special meeting April 28.
John Stewart was approved as the new boys soccer coach and Eric Palmer will lead the girls soccer program for the Tigers. Both coaches have extensive playing and coaching experience.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Stewart and Coach Palmer to the Galion family,” Superintendent Jim Grubbs said. “The new soccer programs give students another opportunity to develop vital skills for success in life from the experience of being a student-athlete.”
Stewart, a 1992 Ashland University graduate, was a three-year letterman and senior captain at Mansfield Christian. He competed for the Eagles’ men soccer team for two years, and has coached state level club soccer for three years.
Palmer competed competitively throughout junior high and high school, and played one season at Gordon College. He formed the only competitive soccer team in the City of Galion, the U-14 Galion Raptors, and has lead the team to a 38-3-2 record in three seasons at the helm.
The board recessed to executive session following the approval of the coaches, with no additional action taken. The next regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Galion Middle School computer lab Thursday, May 19.
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