July 10, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Max Norris has been selected as the next assistant women's tennis coach at The University of Alabama, which was announced by head coach Jenny Mainz on Tuesday. Norris joins the Crimson Tide after having spent the past two seasons as a full-time volunteer assistant at the University of North Carolina.
"We are thrilled to have Max join our Alabama family," said Mainz. "Max brings some impressive experience to the Crimson Tide as he played an integral role in the success at UNC these past two seasons. His enthusiasm and passion for collegiate tennis are infectious. Max's assiduous work ethic and spirited mentality will certainly impact our program."
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.
"I want to thank Jenny and Kevin Almond for this opportunity," said Norris. "I am very honored to be asked to join this program. At the same time, I am prepared to help take this program to all new successes in the conference, regionally and nationally. I am also very excited about joining the Crimson Tide athletic department. The facilities, support staff and the culture that exists here is something that promotes winning in every sport and I am proud to be a part of it."
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.
"There are very few places that offer what the Alabama women's tennis program offers," said Norris. "I have seen many programs and met many coaches and players. Jenny is a highly reputable person and coach. She has taken Alabama to heights it has never seen before in an extremely tough conference, and she has done it the right way. The players are also very hard workers and great people. From seeing them in competition I know they compete hard and have big weapons in their games. These are exactly the people I want to work with and I am excited to get started."