BOONE, N.C. – App State women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin announced the hiring of Mark Palmisano as director of basketball operations and Maren Shumaker as graduate assistant for operations to round out the program’s staff on Tuesday.
“I am super excited to announce the final two pieces of our staff,” said Elderkin. “As the late Pat Summitt would say, ‘You win in life with the people you surround yourself with’ and both Mark and Maren are two high-character individuals.
Palmisano joins the Mountaineers after serving as the student manager and director of basketball operations intern for the Michigan State women’s basketball team. He also served as head manager and scout team player for the team and was a sales associate for the Spartan Ticket Office. Last season, the Spartans had win streaks of five games and four games throughout the season and earned a win over in-state rival, No. 4 Michigan.
The Greensboro, N.C., native graduated from Michigan State in 2022 with a degree in kinesiology and minor concentrations in coaching and health promotions.
“Mark brings a relentless work ethic, along with tremendous relationship skills that will immediately impact our student-athletes,” Elderkin said.
“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Coach Elderkin and her staff at App State,” Palmisano said. “The program and reputation Coach Elderkin has built at App State is special. App State has always had a special place in my heart growing up and now to say I am a Mountaineer means so much to me. For Coach Elderkin to give me this opportunity means the world to me and I look forward to helping her program continue to be successful.”
Shumaker will return as a graduate assistant for operations after serving as the Mountaineers’ head student manager until she graduated from App State with a degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology this spring. During her time as head manager, she assisted the team with recruiting, video and equipment duties as well as aided at summer basketball camps. Last season, she helped the Mountaineers capture their best Sun Belt finish (fourth place) in their eighth season since joining the league.
“After four years of having Maren by my side as a manager, we could not let her leave,” Elderkin said. “I am so excited to mentor Maren in her new position and watch her grow and thrive.”
“I am excited to get the opportunity to work with Coach Elderkin and staff for a few more years,” said Shumaker. “I loved my time being a manager as an undergraduate student, so getting to be with the staff and team for two more years as a graduate assistant is going to be a great learning experience for me. I am thankful that Coach Elderkin has given me the opportunity and cannot wait to get started.”