April 29, 2009
Louisville, Ky. - BasketballScoop.com and ONS PerformanceTM announced that Louisville women's basketball assistant coach Stephanie Norman was named a finalist for their "Coaches of the Year" awards focusing on the "Rising Stars" of the college basketball coaching profession. The finalists were nominated by their peers, and were the 10 leading vote getters in our online voting.
"Stephanie has done a great job the two years that we have worked together," said head coach Jeff Walz. "She has a passion for the game that you don't see that often. She does an outstanding job organizing our recruiting efforts and her basketball knowledge is fantastic. I am looking forward to many more great seasons here at Louisville with Stephanie as a member of the staff. As a head coach, you are only as good as the people who surround you, and I am fortunate to be surrounded by a great group."
Norman joined Walz on the Louisville staff two years ago when he took over the program. In those two years the Cardinals have achieved a lot of program firsts. In the first year they made their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, earning their highest ranking at the time. This season the Cardinals advanced to their first NCAA Championship appearance. They also finished the season with their highest ranking at No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Louisville has also signed back-to-back Top 15 recruiting classes for the first time in school history.
The 10 coaches will now be evaluated by BasketballScoop's panel of coaches who will select the five winners. The winners will be announced beginning on May 4th.
(in alphabetical order)
Cori Close - Florida St.
Chris Dailey - Connecticut
Curt Kassab - VCU
Lisa McDonald - Ball St.
Mike Neighbors - Xavier
Stephanie Norman - Louisville
Vic Schaefer - Texas A&M
Jackie Smith Carson - James Madison
Jonathan Tsipis - Notre Dame