Stephanie Norman has been promoted to Associate Head Coach of the Louisville women's basketball program, head coach Jeff Walz announced on Tuesday. Norman is in her sixth season as an assistant coach with the Louisville Cardinals. Norman joined Walz’s staff in 2008 after he took over as head coach at Louisville.
"It's a well-deserved promotion for her, and an exciting day for our program,” said Walz. “Stephanie has built a basketball resume that is beyond impressive. She has spent 22 in the profession, coaching in the Pac 12, SEC and the BIG EAST. Clearly, she knows what it takes to achieve success. Her significance to our program is best measured by the time she spends with the players in our program, helping to make our student-athletes better people and players. She has worked tirelessly to help elevate Louisville Women's Basketball to an elite level in the last five years and we could not be more excited about the direction of the program going forward. It is a privilege to work with Stephanie and I look forward to many more great years here at Louisville.”
In her five seasons at Louisville, Norman has helped elevate the Cards to the upper echelon of women’s basketball. The Cardinals have made three Sweet 16 appearances and advanced to their first Final Four appearance, finishing as the runner-up in 2009. Norman was instrumental in bringing in the No. 12 recruiting class in 2008, then followed with three consecutive Top 10 classes in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2010 recruiting class was the highest ranked class in school history, ranked fifth in the nation.
Norman came to Louisville after spending five seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt. During that time, at Vanderbilt made five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including two Sweet 16 appearances. The Commodores won two SEC Tournaments and were ranked in the Top 25 all five seasons. Vanderbilt also produced six WNBA draft picks in the last five seasons.
In her first season with the Commodores, she helped sign the No. 1 recruiting class in 2003, that produced the No. 10 and No. 14 picks in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Norman continued to solidify her reputation as a top recruiter by signing back-to-back Top 20 classes in 2005 and 2006. The 2006 recruiting class was ranked No. 7 in the nation.
Norman came to Vanderbilt after serving two seasons as an assistant at Oregon State. After serving one year away from collegiate athletics, Norman joined the Oregon State women's basketball staff in May of 2000. She helped guide the Beavers to a 16-13 overall mark and their first post-season appearance since 1996 with a trip to the WNIT.
Prior to joining the Oregon State staff, Norman was the assistant athletics director and science teacher at Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon for a year. Norman began her stint in Oregon when she joined the University of Oregon staff in 1992 as an assistant coach. During her time at Oregon, the Ducks compiled a 122-69 record, including six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Norman came to Oregon after she 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.
She began her coaching career 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.
Norman has coached 14 WNBA draft picks and three conference players of the year. Norman 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 administration from the University of Hawaii in 1992.