Brother Rice High School is pleased to announce Mr. Rick Palmer as the Warriors Head Basketball Coach.
“During our search that began in April, Coach Palmer emerged as the top candidate and we are happy to have him with us,” said Jeff Calcaterra, Brother Rice Director of Athletics. “He understands the values of Brother Rice and our commitment to excellence in academics and athletics. Coach Palmer has competed in highly successful programs as a player and coach while being mentored by two well respected basketball men, Coach Mike Turner (Albion) and Coach Kurt Keener (DCD). He will be an active member of our community while instilling what it takes to be a top program in Michigan.”
“It is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to lead the Boys Basketball Program at Brother Rice.” states Coach Palmer. “During the interview process, it was apparent that the leadership of the school is committed to restoring the rich basketball tradition at Brother Rice, and I am truly honored and humbled to be their choice. One of the core principals at Brother Rice is excellence, and my staff and I will work every day to make sure our young men are striving for excellence not just on the court, but in all facets of their lives.”
Coach Palmer is a 2006 graduate of Albion College, where he was a four-year basketball letter winner, and served as a team captain for two seasons in 2005 and 2006. He captained the 2005 squad that reached the NCAA elite eight and was inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame in 2015. During his playing time at Albion, Palmer holds the school record for wins during his career (88-22). He is a 2002 graduate of Detroit Country Day where he was a three-year letter winner, two-year starter and team captain in 2002. The 2002 team finished 23-2 and were ranked the number one team going into the MHSAA tournament.
Coach Palmer began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Lakeland College (WI) in 2007. He spent one season at Bowling Green State University as the Director of Basketball Operation before returning home to become an Assistant Coach at Detroit Country Day under Coach Keener in 2009. During his time at DCD, Coach Palmer was an integral part of five MHSAA District and Regional titles while winning two MHSAA State Championships in 2010 and 2013. He has also served in multiple roles over his career for The Family Basketball Organization, one of the top metro Detroit based basketball programs for over 20 years. Coach Palmer has coached and helped develop many athletes during his career including six NBA players, three McDonald’s All Americans and countless Division One players.
Palmer resides in Bloomfield Hills with his wife, Megan, son Trey (4), and daughters Maggie (2) and Layla (1). Megan Palmer played volleyball at Albion College and was an assistant volleyball coach at Mercy HS for three seasons.
He will take part in a community introduction, in the Brother Rice Gymnasium, on Wednesday May 30th at 6:00pm. The public is invited to attend.