Updated November 1, 2016
Keith Norris is entering his 12th season as the head coach of the Johns Hopkins wrestling team in 2016-17. Norris and the Blue Jays are in the midst of one of the best runs in program history and he has firmly established the Blue Jays as an annual contender for the Centennial Conference Championship.
With a lineup consisting of just one senior, Norris put together a grueling 2011-12 regular season schedule for the Blue Jays, one designed to prepare Hopkins for the Centennial Conference Championships. Consider it mission accomplished as Johns Hopkins produced a school-record five individual conference champions and made a stunning comeback to claim the 2012 Centennial Conference title; the first CC Championship in school history. All 10 Blue Jay wrestlers scored at the championship meet and contributed to the title.
With conference champions in juniors Reid Mosquera and Paul Marcello, sophomores Henry Stauber and Matt Fusaro and freshman Paul Bewak, the Blue Jays carried that momentum to the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships, where Bewak (7th at 125) and Mosquera (8th at 197) earned All-America honors to help the Blue Jays to a program-best 27th-place finish.
Norris has guided the Blue Jays to nine top-four finishes at the Centennial Conference Championships in his first 11 seasons with a runner-up finish in 2011 immediately preceding the 2012 championship and a runner-up finish in 2013 as well. Only two schools (Johns Hopkins, Ursinus) have nine top-four finishes at the Centennial Conference Championships to their credit in the last 11 years and Johns Hopkins was the only school to finish in the top two each year from 2011-13. In addition, Norris has coached 18 of Johns Hopkins' 21 all-time individual Centennial Conference Champions and has coached the only five All-Americans in school history (the five have combined to earn seven All-America finishes).
Norris may have turned in his best coaching job during the 2009-10 season as he guided the Blue Jays to a fourth-place showing at the Centennial Conference Championships. JHU produced one individual Centennial Conference Champion, one runner-up and all nine Blue Jay entries at the CC Championships advanced to the semifinals. Norris accomplished all of this with a roster consisting of no seniors. A year later, the Blue Jays set the stage for their 2012 title with a then program-best second-place finish at the CC Championships. Marcello and Mosquera won individual conference titles in 2011 to help JHU to its runner-up showing.
Prior to taking the job at Hopkins, Norris served as the head coach at Calvert Hall. The Cardinal program flourished under his leadership, with three straight 15-win seasons and six team tournament titles. In addition to coaching one of the most successful programs in the MIAA, Norris was also given the opportunity to coach Maryland to a victory in the prestigious Maryland-Virginia Senior All-Star Classic. He also spent four years as the head coach at Loch Raven High School. There, Norris produced four regional champions and had three wrestlers place at the Maryland State Championships.
A native of Hereford, Maryland and a Parkton High School graduate, Norris was a four-year member of the Kent State University wrestling team. In 2000, he placed fourth at the Greco-Roman South Regional Olympic Trials and earned a silver medal in the Greco-Roman Grand National Championships. Norris graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a 3.79 cumulative grade point average.