MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University head men's basketball coach Doug Lewis has not only hired a new assistant coach that will help him continue the rebuilding effort he began in 2010, but a mind that will lend a hand when it comes to fundraising, as well as game and event management.
Lewis and the Wildcats named Tae Norwood as assistant men's basketball coach on Thursday to replace Malcolm Fields, who left the team after two seasons.
According to Lewis, his new assistant's primary responsibilities will be recruiting and working with the team's guards on skill development.
"Tae's coaching experience and reputation as one of the top recruiters in NCAA basketball will be a great asset to our program," said Lewis, who will enter his third season at NMU in 2012-13. "He's an energetic guy who has a skill set and demeanor about him that is magnetic. I have supreme confidence that he will play an integral part as we continue to grow our program."
Norwood has been an NCAA Division I assistant since 2008, most recently during the 2011-12 season as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Grambling State University in Louisiana.
From 2009-11, Norwood was an assistant coach at Division I Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. He was assistant coach at Division I Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., in 2008-09 and assistant at Division II Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., in 2007-08.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native spent two years at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Huskies, as well as interim head coach in the spring of 2006.
Norwood played his college basketball at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., where he was a four-year letterman from 1996-2000. He led the Eagles to a conference record of 53-4, three Mayflower Conference championships and three NAIA tournaments. Norwood was a two-time all-conference selection and left as Green Mountain's career leader in assists and steals.
Norwood graduated from Green Mountain in 2000 with a degree in recreation and leisure services, and earned his master's degree in health and kinesiology from Georgia Southern in 2004.
Norwood has extensive experience in other areas of college athletics, including game and event management and fundraising, according to a release issued Thursday by NMU. He also served as the intramural director at Milligan College and as assistant director for game management at Bloomsburg. Norwood has been the camp director or coordinator at several summer camps, and served as a coach at the Seattle Storm (WNBA) and Supersonics (NBA) Camp from 1999-2001.
Off the court, Norwood has been active in the Boys and Girls clubs and is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Black Coaches Association.