Norris, a leader on and off the court

Coach David Norris, the new leadership in Tiger girls basketball. PHOTO BY GARY ZUPANCIC

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Gary Zupancic

There’s something about new girls basketball head coach that one can’t deny. Call it confidence. Most coaches have it. David Norris definitely does, having served in many capacities in education. He was the Assistant Principal at Hays High School for five years.

“I’ve coach it all, even tennis,” Norris said. Include softball and baseball on that list. He has been coaching and teaching for 32 years. At Leakey High School he was the Athletic Director and head coach of both football and basketball. Add Lake Travis to that list. He was assistant men’s and women’s. coach for Mary-Hardin Baylor.

The administrative skills he has learned over the years, serves him well. Most impressive is his ease of working with both girls and boys. Most recently he was the San Marcos Boys Basketball Coach after serving as the Girls Basketball coach there.

“Every reason I’ve have moved has been positive.” The jump to Dripping has been no different. “I needed a change.” Another major reason is he and his wife Rebecca’s youngest daughter is in the 6th grade at Sycamore Springs.

As a coach, he missed a lot of games of his two oldest children, Kayla and David Jr. and is glad to be able to watch his youngest Isabella, “no matter what the sport.”

Just being around him, one can see how he is so good with teenaged athletes. He can easily convince people with his positive attitude.
“(Lady Tigers) have great senior leadership, very positive. There’s also a great coaching staff, that’s very knowledgeable to help with my transition here.” He has over 300 wins under his belt and he knows how to build confidence.

“The girls are capable of going to State, as hard as they play. District, playoffs, then advancing as mush as we can. With the senior leadership we can go deep in the playoffs.” He continued.

“I’ve walked into a great athletic program, it allows me to do tutoring (to students) to regain credits and graduate early, how to apply for a job, have a job…mentoring, give them direction and a pathway to a job or a pathway to a college career.” Mentoring is a lot like coaching an athletic team. “I did work with San Marcos kids that needed extra work…kids with a shaky start and help them find direction.” This is something that provides inner success, seeing that you made a difference.

“Overall the athletic program is impressive. I’m glad Coach Zimmerman gave me the chance here. I have big shoes to fill so I have to come in and implement and push girls to a high level.”

His past jobs in education are a little different that his semipro-basketball job. But observing people and athletic talent are critical as Owner/GM of the Kyle Stallions, a team in the American Basketball Association. (facebook.com/Kyle-Stallions)

The new head coach of Dripping Spring girls’ basketball is roaring to go and the smiling demeanor he wears will soon change when basketball season gets around. Then it will be much more serious, but he is excited.

“This job is probably a perfect match for me.”

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