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7 years ago
Palmyra Parents Bag Cougar Boys’ Soccer Coach

BY JEFF FALK

Craig Tyrell is conscientious, knowledgeable, accommodating and easy going. He is a person who places his team and his players ahead of himself.

Tyrell is also no longer the head boys’ soccer coach at Palmyra High School.

Tyrell recently stepped aside from the position he held for the last six years. In informing the current Cougars of his decision at an end-of-the-season banquet, Tyrell cited parental meddling and involvement as his reason for resigning.

During his tenure, the Cougars complied a solid 94-39-3 mark. This season, Palmyra went 12-7 while competing in the tough Keystone Division of the Mid-Penn Conference and advanced to the second round of the District Three Class AA tournament.

A native of St. Kitts in the West Indies, Tyrell showed the Cougars the way to the District Three championship in 2008 and four PIAA appearances between 2008 and 2011. Tyrell also served as an assistant coach to Jerry Hoffsmith when Palmyra won the Class AA state title in 2007.

In 2009, Tyrell’s Cougars opened the season with 22 straight wins on their way to a Mid-Penn Conference championship and an appearance in the PIAA semifinals.

Tyrell, 41, is still active as a player, toiling professionally for the Harrisburg Heat.

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