Coaching boys and girls basketball, Donald
Palmer has accrued 43 years of coaching experience, and counting,
as he continues to coach Hartland High School’s girls team. Don
has developed programs with the result of a total 912 victories.
These victories were en-route to 14 Conference Championships, 14
District Championships, and 1 Regional Championship. Additionally,
Don has been recognized for multiple Coach of the Year honors and
was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan
Hall of Fame in 2006. Don also has a focus on community service
participating in several organizations dedicating time and
resources to helping those who need it.
Don has been described as a game changer by
those who are closest to him. He worked to build up the Milford
High School program and experienced a great deal of success there
moving to Hartland High School where he continues to coach. At the
Hartland High School program he “immediately changed the culture”
of the program to one of determination and victory which has not
been previously experienced.
Don is a coach that truly gains the
admiration of his players, many of which return to watch games
after graduation and support both Don and his programs. Don is
described as being very humble and while he values his success on
the court, it is the relationships he forms with players and
colleagues that keeps them returning to him and the programs he