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For the past 7 years Joseph Palmer has been the Freshmen Men's Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Drexel University. The Drexel Freshmen 8 capped off an undefeated season with an open water Gold Medal performance at the Dad Vail Regatta. Drexel also took Gold in the Varsity 8 and Varsity 2-; along with the 2nd Varsity 8 taking the Silver Medal. These finishes lead Drexel to it's first ever team championship at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Prior to the 2012-2013 school year, Palmer's Freshmen Team at Drexel were contenders at the Dad Vails for 3 straight seasons. The Drexel Freshmen took the Silver Medal at 3 straight Vails from 2010-2012; and in that time period the Freshmen 8 never finished worse then 2nd place during the spring racing season.

Also, during the 3 seasons from 2010-2012, Drexel also took home Gold in the 2nd Varsity 8 (2010), Gold in the Varsity 2- (2010&2011) and Bronze in the Varsity 8 (2012). These medal winning athletes were recruited by Palmer.

Prior to coaching at Drexel, Palmer spent the 2005-2006 school year as the Head Men's Coach at UNC-Chapel Hill. At UNC, Palmer coached championship winning boats in the Varsity 4 and Freshmen 8.

Before UNC, Palmer was the Assistant Coach for the Purdue University Women's Rowing Team. During his 2 seasons at Purdue, Palmer's Freshmen 8 took home Gold Medals at the Dad Vail Regatta (2004) and the SIRA Regatta (2004&2005). Palmer's Freshmen 4 also took home the Silver Medal at Dad Vails (2004) and the Gold Medal at the SIRA Regatta (2004).

Palmer was also a successful rower; he competed for the Marietta College Men's Heavyweight Rowing Team. During his time at Marietta, Palmer earned 3 varsity letters and won numerous races. In 4 appearances at the Dad Vail Regatta, Palmer took home 2 Gold Medals and a Bronze. In 2002, during Palmer's senior year, Marietta took home the Men's Team Championship at the Dad Vails; it's first since 1973.

Palmer graduated from Marietta College in 2002 with degrees in advertising and public relations with a minor in journalism. Palmer has spent the last 17 years as a lifeguard for the Margate City Beach Patrol and is also an EMT. Palmer currently lives in Norfolk, Va. with his wife Andria and their 2 dogs, Hannah and Maggie.


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