|YEAR AT FGCU||2nd Season|
|ALMA MATER||University of Miami '98|
A former standout point guard at the University of Miami, Kevin Norris enters his first season as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast under head coach Andy Enfield. One of the rising stars in the collegiate coaching fraternity, Norris joined the coaching ranks in 2008.
“Kevin made himself a better basketball player through hard work and dedication to the game,” said Enfield. “Since leaving the University of Miami, he has used the same drive to become an even better coach. He’s a tremendous teacher of the game and a great role model for our student-athletes. We are lucky to have him join the FGCU family.”
Norris returns to the state of Florida after a one-year stint as an assistant under head coach Buzz Peterson at UNC Wilmington of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Selected to finish 12th in 2010-11 Preseason CAA Poll, the Seahawks finished in eighth place, picking up the program’s second-ever win over an ACC program in the form of a 81-69 victory against Wake Forest. Norris helped UNCW senior point guard Chad Tomko earn All-CAA second team and NABC District 10 second team honors, as he averaged 18.7 points.
Prior to UNC Wilmington, Norris spent two years (2008-10) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi where the Islanders posted back-to-back winning seasons. Norris worked directly with the guards, including fellow Baltimore native Kevin Palmer who led the team in scoring both seasons and was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year. He was also integral part of recruiting and scouting of opponents.
Norris began his coaching career at Tallahassee Community College (2007-08) after playing professionally overseas in Italy, France and the Czech Republic, as well as in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Calgary Drillers.
At the University of Miami, Norris played under current Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. A four-year letterwinner and the only player in Miami history to lead the team in assists four straight seasons, Norris led the Hurricanes to their first NCAA Tournament since 1960 during his senior campaign (1997-98).
Norris’ arrival in Coral Gables yielded four straight winning seasons for the Hurricanes after five consecutive years without a winning record. As a junior, he hit a pair of free throws with eight-tenths of a second remaining to give Miami a 61-59 win over No. 9 Villanova. The win was the Hurricanes’ first road victory over a ranked opponent.
Individually, Norris earned BIG-EAST All-Rookie team honors as freshman in 1995 and still holds the school record for steals (208) and is second with 493 assists. He finished his career with a record 108 consecutive starts, a figure ranks ahead of NBA players John Salmons and James Jones.
The Norris File
Alma Mater: University of Miami, 1998
Birthdate: February 7, 1975
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
2007-08 Assistant Coach, Tallahassee Community College
2008-10 Assistant Coach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
2010-11 Assistant Coach, UNC Wilmington
2011-Present Assistant Coach, FGCU
1994-98 University of Miami