University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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Head Coach Sasha Palmer

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Contact Coach Palmer at:  sdpalmer@pitt.edu 

     On Aug. 1, 2007, Sasha Palmer took over the duties as Lady Cat basketball head coach.
     After struggling through a difficult first season, Palmer led the Lady Cats to an 18-12 overall record in 2008-09 and the program's first appearance in the WVIAC Tournament Semifinals since becoming eligible to compete for conference championships in 2007-08.  Through five seasons, Coach Palmer has posted a 73-68 overall record (.518) and a 60-46 (.566) in WVIAC games.  
     Prior to her arrival at Pitt-Johnstown, Palmer spent four seasons as the top assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Shippensburg University, where her duties included recruiting, working with the post players and monitoring the team’s academic progress.  Palmer also spent six weeks of the 2005-06 regular season as Shippensburg’s acting head coach when head coach Kristy Trn was on maternity leave.  During her tenure at Shippensburg, Palmer worked with 2004 PSAC Western Division Rookie of the Year and two-time All-PSAC Western Division selection Shanna Oaddams, as well as Kim Strickland, who ranked second in career blocks and sixth in career rebounds for the Lady Raiders.  Palmer also coached 2007 PSAC Rookie of the Year Lauren Beckley, who led the conference in scoring as a freshman.
     A native of Watertown, WI, Palmer is a 2000 graduate of Northern Michigan University where she had an outstanding playing career for the Wildcats.  In 1998, she led Northern Michigan to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region championship, the first of three-straight regional championship game appearances.
     As a senior in 1999-00, Palmer ranked fourth in the nation in scoring at 22.7 points per game and led Division II in total points with 703.  She garnered All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division First Team honors, GLIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and Second Team Daktronics All-America honors and Honorable Mention Women’s Division II Bulletin All-American accolades.
     Following her career at Northern Michigan, Palmer competed professionally in Europe for two years, playing for Lausanne Olympic in Switzerland (2002) and Basket Club Racing in Luxembourg (2003).  While in Switzerland, she averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds per game and was selected as a European All-Star.  In Luxembourg, Palmer averaged 34 points and 13 rebounds per game, leading her team to the Luxembourg championship with only one loss.  That year, she was selected the league’s Most Valuable Player.
     Palmer also spent four years as a member of the four-time Women’s Eastern Basketball Alliance (WEBA) champion Harrisburg (Pa.) Horizon.  In 2005, the Lady Horizon recorded the first perfect season in WEBA history, finishing the year 9-0.  Four times Palmer earned All-WEBA First Team honors.  In 2006 and 2007, Palmer took home WEBA Most Valuable Player honors after leading the league in scoring and rebounding in 2006 and scoring in 2007.
     Palmer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Health from Northern 
Michigan University in 2001 and her Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Shippensburg University in 2007.

Last Reviewed: November 7, 2007