Crimson Tide junior wins Riviera/ITA All-American singles back draw
Former volunteer assistant at North Carolina joins Crimson Tide staff
Max Norris begins his first season with the Alabama women's tennis program as he was named assistant coach on July 10, 2012. Norris joined the Crimson Tide after having spent the past two seasons as a full-time volunteer assistant at the University of North Carolina.
Throughout his tenure in Chapel Hill, Norris helped guide the Tar Heels to a pair of top 10 finishes as UNC ranked fourth following the 2011 season and eighth at the conclusion of the 2012 season. The Tar Heels advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in both seasons, winning the title in 2011. In two seasons, Norris saw UNC collect a combined 50 wins, while three student-athletes earned five ITA All-America honors. He also served as co-director for the UNC ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit tournaments and served as an assistant director at the Carolina Tennis School summer camps and fall clinics.
Norris, a 2008 graduate of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, was a 2007 and 2008 first-team Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection as well as a second-team all-league honoree in 2006 and 2008. He compiled 80 wins throughout his career, playing primarily in the top three singles positions and top two doubles spots, and was named the team's most valuable player in all four seasons.
Following completion of his undergraduate degree, Norris spent two years at Ball State University where he earned a master's degree in Communication Studies in 2010. Norris spent two years with the men's tennis program, serving as a student assistant and volunteer coach and also taught undergraduate students, earning him the 2010 Graduate Student of the Year Award from the Department of Communication Studies.
In addition to his collegiate tennis experience, Norris also spent five years as a teaching professional at Sylvania Country Club from 2005-09.