Olympic Trials participant Ford Palmer joined Stockton University as an assistant coach for cross country and track and field, the school announced Tuesday.
Palmer competes professionally primarily in the mile and 1,500-meter run with the New Jersey-New York Track Club and is sponsored by Hoka One One.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Palmer said the club plans to split up next year with most of the members moving to Tarrytown, New York.
“Being a South Jersey guy, I didn’t want to move up to New York,” Palmer, 25, said. “I moved back home to Galloway Township. I spoke with Stockton head coach Jayson Resch about working with them and after a three-hour meeting, I left with an assistant coach proposal.”
Palmer graduated from Absegami High School in 2009 and later attended Monmouth University, where he graduated from in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He also won the Northeast Conference championship in the 1500m twice and mile once.
He finished 10th in his first-round heat in the 1,500 run at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, in July.
“I think Stockton has a lot of potential,” Palmer said. “On the distance side of things, they have great places to train, like the great trails in South Jersey and the Boardwalk as well.”
Palmer will continue to compete professionally with his current club until 2017.
“After 2017, I’ll have to evaluate where I’m at as a runner. The (Olympic) trials won’t be around again until 2020, and that’s a lot of time, so I’m not too sure if I’ll be doing that again.”