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Palmer named fall baseball coach at CMCC
REGION -- Ryan Palmer has achieved successes as a baseball coach and is certainly well-prepared for a new challenge after being named the head the fall baseball team at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.
Palmer, a Rumford native, is no stranger around the diamond and the experiences will be an asset. This has included having coached Dirigo to Class C state championships in 2012-13.
''I am still the baseball coach at Dirigo,'' said Palmer said. ''Dirigo will be my No. 1 priority in the spring. This is just my fall job. I am stoked to be also coaching at the college level. I am up for the challenge.''
Palmer had received an email from (CMCC athletic director) Dave Gonyea, so Palmer called and was informed about the situation.
Gonyea he needed someone to put CMCC baseball back on map and less than 48 hours later, Palmer, accepted.
''He is respected in the baseball community having built a program at Mt Abram and a winner at Dirigo,'' said Goynea. "'He knows how to get it done. As well, I think he is a baseball guy who loves the sport. I look at all the teams he coaches up there and it seems like he brings success.
Palmer, who graduated from Mountain Valley in 2000, was Steve LaPointe’s assistant baseball coach at MV for five years, then the varsity coach for four years at Mt. Abram. CMCC baseball has had two years of very down times; very few games and loss of interest via kids. At the college level, kids must be recruited to be committed and Goynea thinks Palmer can bring back some enthusiasm for the program.
“My back is against the wall right now as far as recruiting goes because its so late,'' said Palmer. ''But I plan to attend some legion tournaments and see what I can do.''
"We are beginning with the fall with Ryan and see where it goes,'' said Goynea. ''He is committed to Dirigo in the spring and I never would want to infringe on that as I understand how important it is to him.''
Palmer also has personal ties with CMCC, having graduated from the institution. Goynea was the baseball coach.
"My years CM were some of the best years of my life," said Palmer. ''I had a blast. Being the first baseball team to qualify for nationals in school history was a lot of fun also.''