Westminster College Volleyball Coach Norman Named “Coach of the Year”
December 20, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY – After leading Westminster College women's volleyball team from last to first place in the Frontier Conference during the regular season, Kim Norman has been selected by her colleagues as the Tachikara/AVCA NAIA Region I “Coach of the Year.” The awards were officially presented at the 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention in San Antonio on Dec. 15.
This year, Westminster College's women’s volleyball team finished No. 1 in the regular season of the Frontier Conference and fifth in the NAIA Region I. In 2003, the year before Norman became head coach, the team's record included 20 losses and one win. Last year, she brought the team to a 14-14 record. With several new recruits she helped attract to Westminster College, Norman and her team earned the honor of hosting the Region I championship tournament in November.
Norman began her college coaching career at Utah State University (USU) in 1987, where she coached and earned an M.S. in physical education. Prior to joining Westminster College, she was the head coach of Highland High School's women's volleyball team from 1992 to 2003. Norman spent 12 seasons there, and compiled a 296-92 record. In 1996 and 1997, the team won the Utah High School State Championships with volleyball Olympian Logan Tom. Before leaving Highland, Norman found all college volleyball scholarships for all but two of her athletes.
Norman's concern that volleyball athletes were being recruited only from Southern California brought her to start an arm of USA Volleyball now called the Intermountain Volleyball Association. As founder and CEO since its inception in 1990, she is responsible for making Utah one of the nation's powerhouses in the Junior Olympic Volleyball Club world.
Norman believes that with Westminster College's philosophy of excellence, great things will happen to the Griffins' volleyball program this season and many years to come.
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