|MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill announced Monday assistant coach John Palermo is resigning from his position effective immediately.
Palermo has served the last two seasons as the Blue Raiders’ defensive line coach.
“I am at a point in my career where I would like to pursue some other opportunities,” Palermo said. “I am very appreciative of coach Stockstill and Chris Massaro and the professionalism they have shown me since I arrived.”
Palermo made an immediate impact in his first season by leading a unit that combined for 22.5 sacks, 51.0 tackles for loss and 20 quarterback sacks in 2010.
He also tutored Jamari Lattimore, who was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and is currently playing for the Green Bay Packers.
A veteran of 37 coaching years, Palermo was faced with the task of replacing all four starters in 2011 with mainly freshmen and sophomores.
Defensive end Omar McLendon went on to garner all-conference honors by two different media outlets.
“I am very grateful and appreciative of John and what he has done for the program the last two years,” Stockstill said. “He definitely made an impact in our program and did a nice job of developing our young defensive linemen. I think highly of him and wish him the very best.”
Volleyball assistant to coach at South Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. - After assisting the MTSU volleyball team to the longest winning stretch in program history, Amy Hendrichovsky has been named head coach at fellow Sun Belt school South Alabama.
“I’m very honored and flattered that South Alabama has chosen me to lead their volleyball program,” Hendrichovsky said. “I could sense the commitment, passion and determination to improve their program on my interview, and I’m very excited to become a Jaguar.”
Blue Raider head coach Matt Peck said Hendrichovsky is “most deserving of this opportunity.”
“We are so excited for her,” he said. “She’s worked very hard for us and has been an integral part of our success here at Middle Tennessee. I’m not looking forward to having Amy’s team on the opposite side of the net.”
A former player for Peck at North Alabama, Hendrichovsky joined the staff prior to the 2006 season, helping the Blue Raiders to one of the most successful runs in Sun Belt Conference history, including three regular season titles and four tournament crowns.
MTSU was also impressive in postseason play, earning six trips to the NCAA Tournament and posting four wins, including an impressive trip to the round of 16 in 2007, the deepest run by a conference team in history.
“My last six seasons at MT have been very memorable, rewarding and enjoyable,” Hendrichovsky said. “I had the opportunity to play for Matt and Jeff [Motluck] for four years, but working with them has definitely helped me understand why they are so successful. In my time as a Blue Raider, I have developed knowledge and confidence from my relationships with all the amazing people I have met, and I’m ready to take on a new challenge.”
Hendrichovsky helped MTSU to a 164-47 record, including an 88-12 mark in SBC play. She’s also coached 24 All-Sun Belt performers, including nine AVCA All-Americans, the first such honorees in school history.
Basketball Christmas Camp to begin today
Middle Tennessee men’s basketball will host its annual Christmas Camp today at the Murphy Center.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Camp is open to boys and girls ages four to current sixth graders. The MT coaching staff will be on hand to instruct individuals in various basketball skills.
The cost is $59 and includes lunch. Walk-up registration is available until 9 a.m. For details, contact Mike Scutero at 615-898-5228 or email him at Mike.Scutero@mtsu.edu.