Chris Palmer Named Head Coach
of United Football League's Hartford Franchise

Palmer most recently worked with Eli Manning as Giants QB Coach.

Palmer Leaves Post as New York Giants QB Coach to Take Position

Hartford, Conn. (Tuesday, February 16, 2010) – The United Football League (UFL) held a press conference today at Rentschler Field in Connecticut, announcing that veteran coach Chris Palmer has been named the head coach of its Hartford franchise. Palmer, who most recently developed Eli Manning as quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants, will also serve as the General Manager of the organization.

“The opportunity to return to the role of head coach and also assume the responsibilities of General Manager within a young league that preaches quality football and values the local community really excites me,” Palmer said today. “Connecticut has provided me with several firsts in my football career: my first opportunity to play at high school and in college, my first coaching position and first head coaching job. Now I am pleased to combine being a General Manager and head coach for the first time, here in Hartford.”

No one could be happier to land a franchise in Hartford than UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue, who was born in the capital of Connecticut.

“This has been a vibrant football city that has been overlooked many times,” Huyghue commented at the press conference today. “I know from living here (that it has) a source of great pride for its sports teams.”

Huyghue was also happy to see another established coach join the UFL ranks.

“We are pleased to have continued the UFL tradition of hiring prominent and successful coaches into key positions within our teams,” he remarked. “Coach Palmer has won at the pinnacle of the professional game and at the college level and inherits a team that we are confident he will turn into a winning force on the field through astute player selection and quality coaching.”

Palmer is a native of Brewster, New York, and he played high school football in Danbury and quarterbacked Southern Connecticut State University from 1968-1971. He coached collegiately at the University of Connecticut and the University of New Haven before entering the NFL coaching scene, where he served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two seasons and most recently coached the quarterbacks for the New York Giants. Collectively, Palmer has over 38 years of coaching experience.

Before being established at its new home, the Hartford franchise played as the New York Sentinels during the premiere season of the UFL. It was announced today at the press conference that a “name the team” contest would be held in the near future, and the UFL also stated that a third television partner would join Versus and HDNet this season to air games.

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