Mark Fox will have a change to his Georgia men’s basketball coaching staff for the second straight offseason.
Assistant coach Stacey Palmore will not return next season.
“Let’s just say we’re just moving in a new direction,” Fox said Thursday afternoon. “Stacey worked his tail off for us, and I’ve got great respect for him. He’s going to look for a fresh start and we’re going to look for somebody new. We’re both going in a new direction.”
Palmore had been on staff for all five of Fox’s seasons at Georgia after coming from Virginia Tech.
“I believe that we accomplished a lot of great things in those five seasons,” Palmore said in a release issued by the school. “However, I felt that now was the right time to pursue other opportunities in my career and to be able to spend more time with my young son (Jaden).”
Palmore, 45, was one of six finalists for the head coaching opening at Tennessee State, according to the Tennessean.
The school this week announced the hire of Illinois State assistant Dana Ford for the job.
Kwanza Johnson left Georgia last May for an assistant coaching position at TCU. It was the first assistant coaching opening on staff for Fox since he came to Georgia from Nevada in 2009. Johnson was replaced by former Georgia player Jonas Hayes.
Palmore was making $160,000 annually and working under one-year contracts.
Asked what he would be looking for in a new assistant, Fox said: “Someone with recruiting connections, the ability to understand the game at this level. There’s a lot that I’ll be looking for. I haven’t even officially posted the opening yet so there’s nothing that’s imminent.”
Fox, who still has one scholarship available, plans to be on the road recruiting this weekend and said he would turn his attention to filling the opening starting next week.