FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dave Balza has named Tae Norwood as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Norwood most recently served as Assistant Basketball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia Southern University.
Along with Coach Balza, Norwood joins a staff that already includes Assistant Coaches Nick Bennett and Leo Miller. Norwood was selected out of 180 applicants for the position.
“Tae separated himself from the field of applicants simply with his persistence,” said head coach Dave Balza. “Tae’s primary responsibilities include being the recruiting coordinator and working with our guards in terms of skill development.”
Norwood spent last season at Georgia Southern University of the Southern Conference where he was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator. Norwood’s duties included scouting, recruiting, and player development. According to the Hoopscoop Online, Norwood helped bring in the top 2009 recruiting class in the Southern Conference.
“Tae is regarded as one of the top and up-in-coming recruiters in Division I,” Balza added. “He is a go getter, a former player, and has a tremendous rapport with the high school and AAU coaches in Florida and Georgia.”
Prior to Georgia Southern, Norwood had a successful one-year stint at NCAA Division II member Florida Southern College. While at Florida Southern, he helped guide the Moccasins to a 2008 regular season Sunshine State Conference title, a conference tournament title and a berth into the NCAA Tournament as the number one seed.
Four different players earned conference honors under Norwood’s watch, including Rob Eldridge, a first team all-conference performer, and Rion Rayfield, the SSC’s freshman of the year. Brandon Jenkins was tabbed to the all-freshman team and Braxton Williams was the SSC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native spent two years at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Huskies, as well as interim head coach in the spring of 2006.
Norwood spent the 2004-05 season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Milligan College in Tennessee. Norwood primary responsibilities included recruiting and player development.
Norwood played college basketball at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont where he was a four-year letterman from 1996-2000. During that time, Norwood helped the Eagles go 53-4 in conference play, win three Mayflower Conference championships, and advance to the NAIA Tournament three times. He was a member of the Mayflower All-Conference Team as a junior and senior, and by the time his career was over, Norwood was Green Mountain’s career leader in assists and steals.
Norwood’s coaching career actually began while he was still playing at Green Mountain College. During his four years in college, he served as the boys head coach at Poultney Middle School (1997), as an assistant varsity coach at Poultney High School (1998), and as the girls’ assistant varsity coach at Otter Valley Union High School (2000).
Norwood graduated with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services from Green Mountain in 2000, and later earned his master’s degree in Health and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Coaching from Georgia Southern University in May of 2004. While completing his education at Georgia Southern he also earned his first collegiate coaching experience as an administrative assistant coach for two years.
In addition to his coaching resume, Norwood has extensive experience in other areas of college athletics, including game and event management, and fundraising. He also served as the intramural director at Milligan College and as assistant director for game management at Bloomsburg. Norwood has been the camp director or coordinator at several summer camps and served as a coach at the Seattle Storm and Supersonics Camp from 1999-2001.
Off the court, Norwood has been active in the Boys and Girls Clubs, part of the “Big Brother” mentorship program, and is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and the Black Coaches Association.