|YEAR AT FGCU||1st season|
|ALMA MATER||Green Mountain College '00|
A proven recruiter, Tae Norwood is in his second season as an assistant coach at FGCU under head coach Dave Balza. In just one full year on the staff as the recruiting coordinator, Norwood has helped land players that will help the Eagles make a smooth transition into Division 1.
Norwood’s prowess on the recruiting trails paid off in his first full season, as FGCU’s 2010 incoming class was ranked second in the Atlantic Sun Conference by Hoop Scoop Online. The class features a healthy mix of freshmen and junior college transfers, while Ole Miss big man transfer Kevin Cantinol was not included in the ranking. It marked the second consecutive year that the Eagles’ newcomers were ranked in the top three in the league by the scouting outlet.
Along with his recruiting duties, Norwood also heads the scouting of opponents, assisting with on-court practices and one-on-one workouts.
Prior to coming to FGCU, Norwood spent the 2008-09 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 Hoop Scoop Online, Norwood helped bring in the top 2009 recruiting class in the Southern Conference.
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 (SSC) title, a conference tournament title and a berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament as the top seed.
During Norwood’s time at Florida Southern, four different players earned All-Conference honors, 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-Freshmen team and Braxton Williams was the SSC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native spent two years (2005-07) at Division II 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 postseason tournament three times. He was a member of the Mayflower All-Conference Team as a junior and senior, finishing his career as Green Mountain’s 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 spent time coaching various high schools in the local area.
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.
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.