App State Women’s Basketball Rounds Out Assistant Coaching Staff

App State women’s basketball coach Angel Elderkin announced the hiring of Mark Palmisano as director of basketball operations and Mariner Shoemaker as assistant alumni of operations to complete the program’s staff Tuesday.

“I am very excited to announce the last two pieces of our staff,” Elderkin said. As the late Pat Summit said, “You win in life with the people you surround yourself with” and both Mark and Marin are high-profile people.

Palmisano joins the Mountaineers after serving as a student and coaching manager of basketball operations for the Michigan State women’s basketball team. He also served as the lead manager and scouting team player for the team and was a sales assistant for the Spartan Ticket Office. Last season, the Spartans racked up a five-game winning streak and four all-season wins over their in-state rival, No. 4 Michigan.

The Greensboro, NC, Michigan native graduated in 2022 with a degree in kinesiology and minor concentrations in health coaching and promotions.

“Mark brings an uncompromising work ethic, combined with phenomenal relationship skills that will immediately impact our student-athletes,” Elderkin said.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Coach Elderkin and her staff at App State,” Palmisano said. “The program and the reputation that Coach Elderkin has created at App State are special. App State has always held a special place in my heart growing up and now saying being a mountaineer means a lot to me. Giving Coach Elderkin this opportunity means the world to me and I look forward to helping her program to continue to be successful.”

Shoemaker will return as a graduate assistant for operations after serving as a senior student director at Mountaineers until graduating from the App State with a degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology this spring. During her tenure as head coach, she assisted the team with recruiting, video and equipment assignments as well as assisted with summer basketball camps. Last season, she helped the Mountaineers earn their best Sun Belt spot (4th place) in their eighth season since joining the league.

“After four years of having Marine by my side as my manager, we couldn’t let her leave,” Elderkin said. “I am very excited to mentor Marine in her new position and watch her grow and thrive.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Elderkin and the staff for a few more years,” Shoemaker said. “I loved my time as a manager as an undergraduate so being with the staff and team for another two years as an alumni assistant would be a great learning experience for me. I am grateful that Coach Elderkin gave me the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”

Palmisano and Shoemaker are joining assistant coach Alex Fraser, assistant coach and hiring coordinator Jazz Weaver as additions in the 2022-23 women’s basketball team.

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