July 13, 2005
BALTIMORE, MD - Keith Norris, most recently the head wrestling coach at Baltimore's Calvert Hall College High School, has been named the head wrestling coach at Johns Hopkins University it was announced today by Josh MacArthur, Associate Director of Athletics at the University and the administrator with direct supervision of the Blue Jay wrestling program. Norris replaces Kirk Salvo, who coached the Blue Jays for six seasons before resigning to pursue other coaching opportunities.
"We were thrilled to see such a strong applicant pool for this position, but Keith's experiences, background and philosophy really set him apart from the other candidates," MacArthur noted. "He had the whole package that we were looking for. Coach Salvo elevated our program to a higher level during his six years and with Keith leading our program, we are excited about the future of Hopkins Wrestling."
Norris spent the last four years as the head coach at Calvert Hall and turned the Cardinal program into one of the most successful in the MIAA. He guided the Cardinals to three straight 15-win seasons and six team tournament titles. In addition, Norris coached Maryland to a victory in the prestigious Maryland-Virginia Senior All-Star Classic.
Prior to taking over at Calvert Hall Norris was the head coach at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore. He helped the team compile a four-year league record of 22-5, produced four regional champions and had three of his wrestlers place at the Maryland State Championships.
A native of Hereford, Maryland and a 1990 graduate of Parkton High School, Norris was a four-year member of the Kent State University wrestling team. In 2000 he placed fourth in the Greco-Roman South Regional Olympic Trials and earned a silver medal in the Greco-Roman Grand National Championships that same year.
Norris earned a bachelor of science degree in Special Education from Kent State and graduated with a 3.79 cumulative grade point average. He is currently a teacher at Hereford Middle School, where he directs the school's adaptive special education program.
Norris inherits a team that posted a 7-9 overall record and a 3-4 record in Centennial Conference matches last season. The Blue Jays placed fifth at the 2005 Centennial Conference Championships and will return four wrestlers who placed in the top four at the CC Championships. Included is junior Jim Van Daniker, who posted a 24-7 record at 125 and was named to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-America team.
TRANSACTIONS: Johns Hopkins named Keith Norris wrestling coach.
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