For Immediate Release
October 21, 2005
Contact: Markeshia Jiles
TOUGALOO COLLEGE ADDS TO ATHLETIC STAFF
TOUGALOO, Miss.--Jackson State University Hall of Famer and former professional basketball standout, Audie Norris has joined the Tougaloo College women's basketball program as an assistant coach. Norris brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Lady Bulldogs. His duties with the team will include on the floor coaching, scouting and conditioning.
Norris was recently the head girlís basketball coach at Jacksonís St. Joseph Catholic High School. Before then he served as a volunteer coach at Jackson State for two seasons.
Known for breaking backboards, Norris scored 1,796 points and grabbed 1,189 rebounds in his four years as a forward on the J-State menís basketball team from 1978-81. He currently holds the schoolís record for points and rebounds with an average of 16.0 career points and 10.6 career rebounds.
Norris was drafted in the second-round (37th pick overall) by the Portland Trailblazers and spent three years playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He later played two years in Treviso, Italy for Benetton Basket (A1 Division of the Italian League) and six years in Barcelona, Spain for FC Barcelona before ending his career with the Nikas Peristeri in Athens, Greece.
Norris and his wife, the former Jacqueline Amos, both coach the Mississippi Lady Tigers, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) girlís team, with Norris serving as the assist coach. They are also the proud parents of three children: Alessandro, a member of the Tougaloo menís basketball team; Nicos and Jasmina.