Randy Norton will begin his fifth season as head coach of the UAB women's basketball team. Norton, a 30-year coaching veteran, was named the sixth head coach in UAB history on April 22, 2013 after serving as the associate head coach at the University of Missouri.
Under Norton's guidance, UAB saw one of its best seasons in recent years during the 2014-15 campaign. The Blazers finished 18-13, marking the fifth consecutive winning season for the program. UAB finished with an 11-7 record in Conference USA play, which was the best since the 2006-07 season and just the second time since 1993-94 the Blazers have won 11 or more conference games. In his first season with the Blazers, Norton lead the team to a 16-15 finish overall and 7-9 in conference play.
Norton has coached at multiple levels throughout his career, including 11 seasons in NCAA Division I. With stops at Missouri and Illinois State, his teams have garnered two NCAA Tournament appearances, four WNIT berths, three Missouri Valley Conference Championships and two MVC tournament titles.
In three years at Missouri -- two as the lead assistant and one as the associate head coach -- Norton helped revive the Tigers' women's basketball program with a WNIT bid in 2013 -- the school's first postseason berth in six years.
While on the staff with head coach Robin Pingeton, Norton and the Tigers accomplished one of the best runs in school history despite playing rigorous schedules each season. In his first year with the program, Missouri played the seventh-toughest slate in NCAA Division I with three wins against ranked opponents. Most recently, the Tigers defeated No. 9 Tennessee, 80-63, on their way to a postseason berth in 2013.
Before his time in Columbia, Mo., Norton worked on Pingeton's staff at Illinois State, where their teams saw unprecedented success. In seven seasons, the Redbirds compiled an overall record of 144-76 (.655), made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2005 and 2008), three WNIT berths (2007, 2009 and 2010), three Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles (2008, 2009 and 2010) and two MVC Tournament Championships (2005 and 2008).
Illinois State's 28 wins in the 2009-10 campaign tied the school record for victories in a single season, matching the 1980-81 team. The Redbirds compiled a 28-8 record in 2009-10 and capped off three-straight conference titles.
An Iowa City, Iowa, native, Norton and his wife, Claire, have four children: Tom, Carly, Allie and Nick. Tom and Allie graduated from Truman State and Carly, from St. Ambrose, and all played basketball in college. Nick will be a senior on the UAB basketball team in the fall.
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