A long-time member of the Tribe men’s soccer program, Chris Norris
enters his 21th season overall at the College and his ninth as the
program’s head men’s soccer coach. After guiding the Tribe to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and both the CAA regular season and conference tournament titles in 2010, Norris posted the College's fifth-consecutive winning season in 2011 as he and the Tribe look to build on previous success.
In 2011, the Tribe posted its fifth-consecutive winning season under the direction of Norris as it finished the year with a record of 10-9 and mark of 7-4 in the CAA. The College started the season ranked 13th in the nation and climbed to to 8th in the country after defeating No. 5th-ranked SMU, 3-2, on Aug. 27, in Dallas, Texas. Under the watch of Norris, Nicolas Abrigo was selected to the CAA First-Team, while Will Smith garnered second-team accolades. Freshmen Marcus Luster and Michael Teiman were selected to the league all-rookie team under the guidance of Norris in 2011.
The 2010 season was a fantastic one for
the Tribe and Norris, as the College advanced to the third round of the NCAA
Tournament. Norris also guided the Tribe to the CAA regular season and
tournament titles. In 2010, Norris led the Tribe to a 15-3-2 overall record
with a mark of 8-1-2 in conference play. The 15 victories in 2010 were the most
for the College since the 2002 season, while the CAA championship was the
seventh in school history. The Tribe's advancement to the third round of the
NCAA Tournament marked the eighth time that the College had reached the Sweet
Sixteen in school history, the first since the 2002 campaign.
For his efforts, Norris was named not
only the CAA Coach of the Year in 2010, but he was also honored as the NSCAA
South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Both accolades are the first for Norris in his
coaching career. Norris' South Atlantic
Region Coach of the Year honor is the fourth in the history of the program and
Norris becomes just the second Tribe coach to earn the award. Former head coach
Al Albert was a three-time region coach of the year honoree.
Also in 2010, Norris saw two of his
players earn impressive individual honors.
Senior Nat Baako was honored as a Second-Team All-American by the NSCAA
and also became the first player in William and Mary history to be named the
NSCAA Senior College Men's Scholar All-America National Player of the
Year. Classmate Alan Koger had a great
season in 2010, culminating with him being taken by the New England Revolution
in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
The 2009 season was a memorable one for Norris and the Tribe, as the
College finished the season with a 13-5-1 record overall and a mark of
8-2-1 in the CAA, tying the Green and Gold for second in the league. The
Tribe reached the national rankings in October, reaching the 25th spot
in the NSCAA poll after starting the season 8-3, including a win over
#20 Old Dominion at Albert-Daly Field. The 13 wins was the most for the
Tribe since the 2002 season, and the eight conference victories matched
the school record set back during the 1996 season. Individually, Andrew
Hoxie was named the CAA Player of the Year, the first Tribe player to
earn the accolade since Wade Barrett in 1997. Among numerous honors,
Hoxie was named a Third-Team All-American by the NSCAA and in the
winter, was drafted in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. Joining
Hoxie on All-CAA teams were Nat Baako (1st), Roger Bothe (2nd), Alan
Koger (2nd), Price Thomas (3rd), and Caleb Thomas (Rookie).
In 2008, the Tribe had a fantastic campaign that saw the College
finish the year with a 11-7-3 record and a 6-4-1 record in the CAA.
With its record W&M earned the No. 2 seed in the conference
tournament, the highest the Green and Gold have ever been seeded under
Norris. Despite losing in the semi-finals of the CAA tournament, the
College earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, marking the 13th
time William and Mary had earned an invite to the tournament. In the
first round of the tournament, the Tribe hosted Winthrop and soundly
defeated the Eagles, 3-1, advancing to the second round of the
championship for the sixth time in the program’s history. The College
would then travel to take on No. 1-seeded and defending national
champion Wake Forest. The Tribe played the Deacons valiantly before
falling to the eventual national semi-finalist in overtime.
The 2007 season saw the Tribe turn in some impressive performances,
further validating the program’s high expectations for the future.
Despite starting five freshmen for the majority of the 2007 campaign,
W&M posted its best CAA league record since 2002. The Tribe finished
the year at 6-4-1 in league play and advanced to the CAA Quarterfinals
after missing out the previous two years. The Tribe also posted
back-to-back ties against national and ACC powers North Carolina, 0-0,
and Virginia Tech, 1-1, during the month of September. The Hokies went
on to finish the year with a No. 3 national ranking after advancing to
the NCAA College Cup semifinals. W&M started a school-record six
freshmen on a pair of occasions in 2007 and set a program-best mark for
shutouts in CAA play with six.
It is not the first time the Tribe have reached new heights under
Norris’ direction, as W&M posted the program’s first ever victory
over a No. 1-ranked opponent in 2004. Norris took over the post as head
coach at the College following the retirement of long-time, legendary
coach Al Albert. Norris spent nine seasons as a Tribe assistant and four
years as a standout defender for the Green and Gold before being named
head coach on Jan. 23, 2004.
The Tribe rebounded from a tough 2005 campaign to post a 8-8-3 mark
during the 2006 season. W&M won the ODU Stihl Soccer Classic with
victories over No. 29 UNC Greensboro, 5-1, and Loyola (Md.), 2-1. It
marked the first time since the 1998 season the College had captured the
event crown. The Tribe also posted a pair of ties against
nationally-ranked foes in No. 22 George Mason, 0-0, and No. 23 James
Madison, 2-2, during the 2006 ledger.
The 2006 season also saw a Tribe appearance on television. The
College’s contest against Old Dominion on Oct. 26 was part of the
NSCAA/Fox Soccer Channel College Game of the Week. It was the first
Tribe game on TV since the 1996 season.
During Norris’ first season leading the Tribe, the team extended its
streak of consecutive winning seasons to 30, which ranks sixth in NCAA
Division I history. W&M went 5-1-3 in its first year at Albert-Daly
Field. In just the program’s second game at the facility, Norris guided
the Tribe to a 1-0 victory over then-No. 1 and eventual College Cup
semifinalist Maryland on Sept. 22. The shutout was one of only two
Maryland suffered during the 2004 season that saw the Terps finish the
year ranked fifth nationally in scoring offense.
After dropping the season opener in Norris’ first year at the helm,
the Tribe went unbeaten over its next seven contests (5-0-2), including
the victory over Maryland. The unbeaten streak was the longest for the
College since the 1999 squad won eight-straight contests from Oct. 23
through Nov. 14.
The Green and Gold allowed opponents to score just 21 goals in 2004,
the fewest since 1999, resulting in a 0.99 goals against average for
the team. Four W&M players earned All-Colonial Athletic Association
honors, including first-team selection Pat Scherder, who also earned
all-state and second-team all-region accolades.
In his nine years at the helm of the Tribe, Norris has coached 22
All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honorees and eight CAA All-Rookie
team selections. In 2009, Andrew Hoxie became the first player to be name CAA Player of the Year under the tutelage of Norris.
Norris joined the Tribe soccer staff in 1995 after a solid playing
career at the College. He made the transition from the field to the
sideline and played a major role in helping former head coach Al Albert
develop one of the premier soccer programs in America.
During his time as an assistant, the Tribe compiled a 128-62-16
(.660) record with seven NCAA Tournament appearances, four CAA
tournament championships and three CAA regular season crowns. Norris
also saw 32 players earn All-CAA honors, 30 earn all-state accolades,
seven All-America honors, two CAA Players of the Year, one CAA Defensive
Player of the Year, one CAA Rookie of the Year and five Major League
Soccer draft picks. Of those five players selected to play at the
highest level in the United States, three were first round selections,
including Steve Jolley, Wade Barrett and Adin Brown, all of which have
gone on to long and distinguished professional careers.
A captain his senior year, Norris was the team’s defensive leader,
starting all four seasons (1991-94). During his career, W&M compiled
an impressive 1.04 goals against average, including two seasons (1992
and 1994) with a team GAA of less than 1.00. During both the 1992 and
1994 seasons, Norris led the Tribe to the top of the CAA regular season
He was a two-time All-CAA performer and was also selected to the
VaSID All-State squad and the All-South Atlantic second team in 1994.
The team’s Most Valuable Player as a junior, Norris received the
Coaches’ Award in 1992 and earned W&M Rookie of the Year honors in
1991. Norris also earned the team’s Freshman Academic Achievement Award
in 1991 and graduated from the College with a degree in kinesiology.
Prior to his return to William and Mary, Norris served as junior
varsity boys’ soccer coach at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg.
Along with his coaching duties for the Tribe, Norris is involved in
coaching with the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club and serves as the director
of the Colonial Kicks Soccer Camp. He holds a National Soccer Coaches
Association of America (NSCAA) premier diploma and serves as an
associate staff member for the NSCAA.
The Norris File
Alma Mater: William and Mary, 1994
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Education: 1995, Bachelor’s in kinesiology from W&M
As a Player
• Played in 84 games with 81 starts from 1991 through 1994
• Scored three goals and 16 assists in career as a defender
• Team compiled a 56-20-11 (.707) record and a 1.04 GAA in four years
• Led team to a then-school record 18 wins in 1994
• NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1993
• First-Team All-CAA (1993 and 1994)
• First-Team all-state (1994)
• Second-Team All-South Atlantic Region (1994)
• W&M Most Valuable Player (1993)
• W&M Coaches Award (1992)
• W&M Best Rookie and Freshman Academic Achievement Awards (1991)
As an Assistant Coach
• Helped lead W&M to a 128-62-16 (.660) record over nine seasons (1995-2003)
• Four CAA titles
• Seven NCAA Tournament appearances
• In 1996 the team set a school record for wins (20) and winning
percentage (.854), recorded the only perfect season in CAA history
(8-0-0) and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament
As a Head Coach
• Named CAA Coach of the Year and NSCAA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2010
• Led the Tribe to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010, ending the season ranked No. 9 in the country
• Guided the College to the 2010 CAA regular season and conference tournament titles
• Has coached one CAA Player of the Year, 22 All-CAA players, and eight all-rookie selections