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Former Green Wave coaches Tyler Palmiscno and Paula Devine return

Tyler Palmiscno led the East Grand Forks boys hockey program to its only two state championships in school history in 2014 and 2015. He stepped down after the second title to dedicate more time to his family and full-time job. It has been a bit s...

Tyler Palmiscno led the East Grand Forks boys hockey program to its only two state championships in school history in 2014 and 2015.

He stepped down after the second title to dedicate more time to his family and full-time job.

It has been a bit strange, though, Palmiscno admitted.

"The last three years was the first time in 35 years that I wasn't a part of organized hockey in any way, shape or form," Palmiscno said.

So, after the job re-opened spring, and after a lot of discussions with his family, Palmiscno has decided to return.

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He was approved Monday night by the school board to come back as the Green Wave boys hockey coach in the fall.

Palmiscno will take over for Scott Koberinski, who stepped down to dedicate more time to his duties as the school's athletic director.

"When I resigned three years ago, I knew in the back of my mind that I wasn't done coaching," Palmiscno said. "I always planned on coaching high school again somewhere and sometime, but I honestly didn't think it would be this quick. The opportunity came up. I spent some time thinking about it and talking to my family about it and here we are today."

Palmiscno, who played prep hockey at Senior High and college hockey at UND, spent nine years coaching the Green Wave program.

In addition to winning the two state championships, Palmiscno also helped develop several Division I players, including the school's first NHL player in current Winnipeg Jet defenseman Tucker Poolman.

"I think it will be really good for our program," Koberinski said. "He's been there before. He won two state tournaments. It will be an easy transition. He and Scott Oliver have worked well together and will continue to do that. He has a passion for East Grand Forks sports. He went through the program. He communicates well with the school, the parents and the kids. We're excited to make that happen."

Palmiscno said he enjoyed coaching the program the first time around, too.

"I missed the competition side of things," he said. "I missed all the little ins and outs of being part of a team. The last three years was a change. I needed to do it. But I realized how much I really do love the game of hockey."

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Since winning the back-to-back state titles, the Green Wave have played for three section titles and reached the state tournament in 2017.

Devine to return
as volleyball coach

Senior High will have a familiar face in charge of its volleyball program, too.

Paula Devine was named the Green Wave head coach Monday. She succeeds Cathy Kolness, who resigned after one season as head coach.

Devine had been head coach of the Green Wave volleyball team for 23 seasons before resigning prior to the 2010-11 school year. Devine also is Senior High's head girls golf coach.

"We gave Paula a call and asked if she was interested in coaching the program again,'' Senior High athletic director Scott Koberinski said. "She said yes. She was excited about the opportunity.''

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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