New USC basketball coach Andy Enfield has finalized his new staff in Troy, having hired his former assistant coach Kevin Norris from Florida Gulf Coast, according to USC. Norris joins Tony Bland, formerly of San Diego State and Jason Hart from Pepperdine as new coaches at USC under Enfield.
Norris worked with Enfield for the past two seasons at FGCU, helping to coach the team to the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament. He began his coaching at Tallahassee Community College in 2007, with stops at UNC Wilmington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi along the way. Prior to coaching, he played professionally overseas in Italy, France and the Czech Republic after having had a fruitful career in college basketball, at the University of Miami.
He had quite the career in Corle Gables; Norris helped guide the Hurricanes to four straight winning seasons and led the team in assists all four years. As a senior in 1997, he spearheaded the Hurricanes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1960.
Norris has shown over his collegiate and coaching career that he knows how to win, which is what makes him such a good compliment to Enfield, also a proven winner.
In mere weeks, Enfield has assembled a coaching staff with two coaches that have deep ties to West Coast talent, and another still that already knows Enfield’s system and how best to succeed in it. With this quartet, the USC Trojan hoops program can beginning rebuilding itself from the ruins of mediocrity and underachievement, and look forward to–if nothing else–an exciting beginning to the 2013 basketball campaign.