Courtesy of Western Michigan Sports Information Department
-- The Western Michigan Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard are proud to announce the hiring of Nate Norman to the position of head women’s soccer coach.
“We are very excited to have coach Norman returning to Western Michigan,” said Beauregard. “Nate has a tremendous amount of support from the team and will be a great leader. The team has had a lot of success both on the field and in the classroom over the past few years and we believe he will keep the team on that path.”
Norman, 27, returns to Kalamazoo and Western Michigan after a season as an assistant coach for the University of Miami (Fla.), where he helped the program to its best season in program history. With Norman’s help the Hurricanes won their first NCAA Tournament game in school history and finished ranked 29th in the nation, all while competing in the top-rated women’s soccer conference in the nation. Norman also helped the team to great academic success, with the Hurricanes achieving the highest GPA in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“I am very excited to be back at Western Michigan University. I would like to thank Kathy Beauregard and Dennis Corbin for this wonderful opportunity,” said Norman. “I grew up in Michigan and previously spent a season at WMU, so this definitely feels like a homecoming. I have wonderful memories of being part of this team and could not be happier to be reunited with them. I look forward to getting started and continuing the success that Coach Suzie Grech had in the last three seasons.”
Norman was Western Michigan’s assistant during the 2010 season in which he helped the team to a berith in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship game and helped coach WMU’s first ever MAC Offensive Player of the Year in Stephanie Skowneski. Helping direct the Bronco attack, team scoring increased by 18 goals from the previous season. Three student athletes were named All-MAC and the team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America academic award after finishing the year with a 3.47 GPA.
“I would also like to thank the University of Miami and, specifically, head coach Tom Anagnost for the opportunity to spend the last year and a half in South Florida,” added Norman. “The team, the administration, and everyone involved in the women’s soccer program gave me an experience that created fond memories that I will never forget.”
Prior to his time at WMU he was an assistant at Covenant college and a volunteer assistant at the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater. He played four years at Notre Dame and was drafted 21st overall in the MLS Super Draft by the Chicago Fire in 2007. Norman, a native of Rochester, Mich., and his wife Rachel will reside in Kalamazoo.