Former volunteer assistant at North Carolina joins Crimson Tide staff
Max Norris enters his second season with the Alabama women's tennis program after helping the Crimson Tide make its first appearance in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 in 2013 while compiling the program's first 20-win season since 1984.
In Norris' first season, Alabama had four individuals earn all-SEC honors and three claim ITA regional awards. The Tide had four of its six players ranked nationally in singles at one time and two of its three doubles teams in the top-85. Most notably, Alexa Guarachi earned All-America honors in singles and doubles, advancing to the NCAA semifinals in both, while Mary Anne Macfarlane also collected All-America honors in doubles, teaming with Guarachi.
Norris joined the Tide in 2012 after having spent 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 was 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 manager and volunteer coach. He also taught undergraduate classes at Ball State, and received the 2010 Graduate Student of the Year Award from the Department of Communication Studies.
In addition to his collegiate tennis experience, Norris spent five years as a teaching professional at Sylvania Country Club in Sylvania, Ohio, from 2005-09.