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Stacey Palmore is in his second season as an assistant coach with the USC Upstate men’s basketball program.
Palmore previously coached for three seasons at Coastal Carolina under head coach Cliff Ellis. He helped the Chanticleers to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, three CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament wins in 2016 and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational in 2017. Coastal Carolina advanced to the CBI Championship that season while Palmore was part of the program’s first, second and third postseason victories in the CIT with wins over Mercer, New Hampshire and Grand Canyon. Palmore’s arrival in Conway paid immediate dividends helping the program to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, earning the 16th seed in the West Region and face No. 1-seeded Wisconsin.
Palmore was an assistant coach at Georgia from 2009-14. The Bulldogs compiled an 85-77 record over Palmore’s five seasons and advanced to the 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Palmore coached three future NBA players at Georgia, including 2013 number eight overall pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins.
Prior to Georgia, Palmore spent five seasons at Virginia Tech under head coach Seth Greenberg. Palmore built a reputation at Virginia Tech as one of the ACC’s top assistant coaches, both as a recruiter and an on-court teacher. His arrival in Blacksburg coincided with Tech’s joining the ACC. During his time there, the Hokies’ program ranked fourth in the league in total ACC regular season victories with 38. He recruited and coached three players who played in the NBA in Malcolm Delaney (Atlanta Hawks), Jarrell Eddie (Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls) and Erick Green (Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz).
He joined the Virginia Tech program in the summer of 2004 after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston. Before going to Charleston, he spent the 2003 season at Evansville.
Palmore also served two seasons (2001-02) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Carolina. During his time there, he signed Ohio native Kevin Martin, who eventually ranked second nationally in scoring in 2004 and was a first round draft pick by the Sacramento Kings.
Palmore began his coaching career at Warwick High School in Newport News, Va., where he served as an assistant coach for three years (1993-96) and head coach for his final year. He then spent one year at Lander in his hometown of Greenwood and two years at Erskine before joining the staff at Western Carolina.
A 1993 graduate of Livingstone College (N.C.), Palmore played basketball and golf at the collegiate level. As a junior and senior, he ranked in the top-10 nationally for Division II in 3-point field goal percentage and was co-captain his last two seasons.
Palmore has a son, Jaden Alexander.