Christian Life Academy has hired Calvary Baptist assistant coach Ben Palmer as its new head football coach, according to a press release from CLA Athletic Director Steve Garcia.

A former Marine sergeant, the Katy, Texas, native is a football and track assistant coach at Class 2A Calvary, winner of the last two Division III select state football titles.

Palmer also coached La Costa Canyon High in San Diego, Calif., and another Shreveport football power, Evangel Christian.