The Hatchets have found a new leader for their football program.

Bad Ax Schools announced the hiring of Ryan Palmer as the next head coach, replacing Steve VerBurg, who coached one season for the team, in a school press release Tuesday morning.

Palmer is a graduate of Deckerville High School, Alma College and Grand Canyon University. He has spent the last 17 years in Arizona and will return to Michigan later this spring to take on coaching and teaching responsibilities at Bad Ax.

“I’m thrilled to announce the hiring of Ryan Palmer as our next head of our football program,” said Bad Ax athletic director Mike Bogan. “Ryan’s resume speaks for itself. He is a hardworking, highly motivated and dedicated professional. He’s done amazing things both on and off the field in Arizona and I’m sure he’ll bring those skills to Bad Axe.”

Palmer spent most of his Arizona career at Superior High School in Superior, Arizona, where he led the football team to numerous postseason appearances, including a state championship in 2018. He is currently a teacher and coach at the NFL YET College Prep Academy in Phoenix. He will complete the school year there before returning to Michigan with his family.

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