Stephanie Norman enters her fifth season as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt. She joined the Commodore coaching staff in June of 2002 after serving two seasons at Oregon State.
At Vanderbilt, Norman has quickly built a legacy by continually bringing some of the nation's top groups of freshmen to Nashville. Her 2003-04 recruiting, now seniors, was ranked No. 1 in the country when they came to Vanderbilt. The Commodores' last two recruiting classes both ranked in the Top 20, with the 2005-06 group coming in at No. 7 in the nation.
Norman's coaching career began in 1990 as an assistant at the University of British Columbia where her team was ranked sixth in the nation and advanced to the regional playoffs. She then served as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii for two seasons highlighted by a runner-up finish in the Women's National Invitational Tournament in 1992.
Norman joined the University of Oregon staff in 1992 as an assistant coach. During her time at Oregon, the Ducks owned a 122-69 record, including six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She left the college ranks for a year to become the assistant athletics director and science teacher at Marist High School in Eugene, Ore. In May 2000, she joined the Oregon State women's basketball staff as an assistant and helped guide the Beavers to a 16-13 overall mark and their first post-season appearance since 1996 with a trip to the WNIT.
Norman, the former Stephanie Osburn, was an all-state selection at Siuslaw High School where she was the first female Division I scholarship recipient to graduate from Siuslaw.
She was a four-year letterwinner at Arizona State University where she served as the Sun Devils' captain during her junior and senior seasons. She earned a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Arizona State in 1989 and earned a master's degree in education from the University of Hawaii in 1992.
Stephanie and her husband Geoff have two children, Parker (5) and Cassidy (2).
Norman on Vanderbilt Basketball:
"If you want to see how good you can really be, then there isn't a better place to make it happen than Vanderbilt. I took this job because it presented a unique opportunity to challenge myself personally and professionally. You only have a short window of opportunity to make a run at a championship and I feel we can do that at Vanderbilt. Our administration has given us all the tools to be successful and their support is very important."
Norman on Coaching:
"There is no greater feeling in life than to have a direct impact on the lives of young people. It's not only about X's and O's; it's about motivating; it's about strategy; it's about relating to your kids and having fun. What a privilege it is to work with young women in the game of basketball and share with them the foundations of excellence in all facets of their life."
Balcomb on Norman:
"Stephanie is a tremendous recruiter. She has formed relations with coaches all over the country and her experiences from the West Coast have added a lot to our recruiting base. On the floor, she has brought new defensive strategies that have proved to be a huge asset to our program. Off the floor, she is a people person and maintains strong relationships with our players."
Stephanie Norman Facts
Full Name: Stephanie Ann Norman
Birthdate: April 14, 1966
Hometown: Florence, Oregon
Family: Husband, Geoff; Son, Parker (5); Daughter, Cassidy (2)
High School: Siuslaw (Florence, Oregon)
College: Arizona State
Year Graduated: 1989
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (1989); Master's Education (1992) Hawaii
2002-present Vanderbilt, Asst. Coach
2000-02 Oregon State, Asst. Coach
1999-00 Marist HS, Asst. AD
1992-99 Oregon, Asst. Coach
1991-92 Hawaii, Graduate Asst. Coach
1990 Univ. of British Columbia, Asst. Coach
1984-88 Arizona State University
Four-year letterwinner... Team captain her junior and senior seasons... Two-time Academic All-Conference honorable mention selection
1980-84 Siuslaw High School
Earned all-state honors her senior season... Became the first female Division I scholarship recipient to graduate from Siuslaw.
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