Head Coach Under-13s
John Palmer is in his first season with the New England Revolution Academy. He serves as the head coach of the Under-13 team.
Prior to joining the Revolution Academy, Palmer spent the previous four years working with the United States Soccer Federation. While working with the USSF, Palmer served as a performance analyst coach for both the U.S. Men's National Team and the U-17 Boys' National Team. In his role, he specialized in analyzing performance data, scouting opponents, and developing and delivering analysis reports.
During his time with the USSF, the U-17 MNT made the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, captured the championship for the 2016 Nike Friendlies, and claimed the title in the 2016 Tournament of Montaigu. In addition, the U-17s were finalists in 2017 U-17 World Cup Qualifying, the 2016 Torneo de Naciones, the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup, and the 2016 Aegean Cup. In addition, Palmer was part of the staff that saw the USMNT emerge victorious in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Prior to his time with the United States Soccer Federation, Palmer spent six years as Assistant Head Coach for the Virginia Rush Soccer Club’s U.S. Development Academy program, where he assisted in program management of over 50 players at the U-18, U-16, and U-14 levels. His responsibilities included managing budgets, travel, scheduling player development, college recruitment, and U.S. scout interaction. During this time, he also served as Director of Coaching for the Junior Boys' program.
Palmer also spent time in additional coaching roles while in Virginia Beach, serving as Southeastern District Assistant Head Coach in the Olympic Development Program. He was also head coach for Kempsville High School's varsity boys from 2011-13, as well as First Colonial High School's varsity boys assistant coach and junior varsity boys head coach from 2007-11.
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Palmer graduated from Old Dominion University in 2010 with a degree in Sports Management. He is currently completing his “A” coaching license with U.S. Soccer.