March 25, 2022—

Hartland coach Don Palmer did something no one has done before—take a Hartland High School Varsity Girls Basketball team to the Division 1 championship game! In the end, the team ended up in second place, but that is an amazing feat for the man who took over the program that hadn’t won a district championship since 1991. Under his leadership, girl’s varsity won 11 district championships and 5 regional titles in 13 seasons. The Eagles record under Palmer was 255-58.

Coaching Hartland in the state Division 1 girls basketball championship game was the final act in a coaching career that began in Milford in 1974. Between the boys and girls basketball teams at Milford and Hartland, Palmer won 1,025 career games. He reached the regional championship game in 1979 and 2001 with Milford’s girls and in 1988 with the boys, but his greatest success would come later in his career when he arrived in Hartland.

The 71-year-old is looking forward to having a little bit of extra time to watch some of his athletes in action at the college level.  Many former players were quick to comment on Twitter how much Palmer meant to them and how much he will be missed. Thank you for your stellar leadership and unwavering commitment to Hartland athletes Coach!