Mizzou Names Norton Associate Head Coach
COLUMBIA -- The Missouri Women's Basketball program and Head Coach Robin Pingeton announced Thursday that Randy Norton has been promoted to associate head coach. Norton has earned the promotion after coaching alongside Pingeton for seven years at Illinois State and for his two years at Missouri. He was a member of the staff that rebuilt the Illinois State program and continues to make major contributions to the rebuilding effort at Mizzou.
"We are extremely honored and proud to promote Randy to associate head coach," said Head Coach Robin Pingeton. "He is a tremendous asset to our program and we are very excited that Randy will continue to positively impact our program for many years. Randy has definitely earned this recognition and is well deserving of this promotion."
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Norton was an accomplished athlete at the University of Iowa before beginning his coaching career at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. He joined Pingeton's staff at Illinois State in 2003 and immediately helped the team record its first winning season in seven years. Throughout his time with the Redbirds, the team won three consecutive conference regular season titles, earned two NCAA appearances and advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT. During his time at Mizzou, Norton has helped rebuild the program, which includes three wins over ranked opponents in one season (the most since 2001) and a 10-1 start to the 2010-11 season.
"I am very grateful to Coach Pingeton and to Mike Alden for presenting me with this opportunity," Norton said. "I love coaching here at Mizzou, and I have always considered Coach Pingeton and the rest of the staff as an extension of my own family. I am truly blessed to work at a great institution that has great core values and I look forward to working with Coach Pingeton and everyone at Mizzou for years to come."
Norton's responsibilities at Mizzou include scouting and recruiting efforts, scheduling as well as assisting in the development of game strategies and practice sessions.