Nor­man’s Role Grows As Part Of Gaiters Bas­ket­ball Staff

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CraigNor­man and the Bishop’s Gaiters Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics and Recre­ation agreed to terms on Mon­day, June 1st en­sur­ing that Nor­man will con­tinue pa­trol the side­lines in Mitchell Gym as an As­sis­tant Bas­ket­ball Coach. He will con­trib­ute to both the men’s and women’s pro­grams. The for­mer CIS Coach of the Year was the As­so­ciate Head Coach on the 2015 RSEQ Cham­pion Bishop’s Gaiters men’s team.

The Gaiters felt Nor­man was a key cog in their suc­cess­ful 2015 cam­paign and are ec­static to have him join the team in this in­creased role.

“Craig will be an as­set to not only both bas­ket­ball pro­grams here at Bishop’s, but also the en­tire ath­letic depart­ment,” said Joey Sabo, As­so­ciate Ath­letic-Direc­tor for the uni­ver­sity. “He is a guy whose ex­pe­ri­ence is un­matched. Hav­ing been so close to the men’s team dur­ing their run to CIS Na­tion­als this year it is ob­vi­ous the play­ers and his fel­low coaches re­spect him. I re­ally be­lieve that he is a ‘Bishop’s’ per­son and will fit right into the fam­ily.”

Nor­man’s du­ties will in­clude help­ing both head coaches re­cruit and im­ple­ment strate­gies to help the Gaiters be suc­cess­ful; work with the Gaiters sum­mer bas­ket­ball camp; and com­mu­ni­cate with the stu­dent-ath­letes to en­sure they are pros­per­ing not only on the bas­ket­ball court but in the class­room as well. He will work closely with first-year ath­letes dur­ing their tran­si­tion into uni­ver­sity bas­ket­ball.

For his part Nor­man is very much look­ing for­ward to his in­creased roll on the Gaiters staff.

“I think Bishop’s is a di­a­mond in the rough,” said Nor­man, the 2004 CIS Coach of the Year. “It is a great place and the sup­port the depart­ment and school has for its teams and ath­letes is sec­ond to none. I think I can con­trib­ute to this team; I look for­ward to help­ing both pro­grams grow and be­come suc­cess­ful.”

Nor­man came to Bishop’s for the 2014-15 sea­son af­ter hav­ing been a head coach with both the RMC Pal­adins (1997-2004) and the McGill Red­men (2004-2010). More re­cently he coached the Cham­plain-St. Lam­bert men’s pro­gram from 2011-2013. Nor­man is a NCCP Level IV coach, one of the few in Canada. He was also an all-Canadian dur­ing his play­ing days with the Con­cor­dia Stingers.

Nor­man will begin his du­ties with the bas­ket­ball teams im­me­di­ately as the Gaiters start to im­ple­ment a plan for the 2015-16 sea­son.

Stay up-to-date with ev­ery­thing Gaiter Ath­let­ics at www. gaiters.ca

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