After being named the seventh Liberty women's soccer head coach in program history last week, Nate Norman had a chance to sit down with Liberty Flames Sports Network's Alan York.
During the interview, Norman discussed a variety of topics, including what brought him to Liberty. The Rochester, Mich., native also talked about his time coaching at Western Michigan as well as his playing days with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Norman comes to Liberty following a successful four-year run as the head women's soccer coach at Western Michigan. During his time with the Broncos, Norman posted a 44-27-14 record (60.0 winning percentage) and led Western Michigan to Mid-American Conference titles in 2013 and 2015.
During his second season in Kalamazoo, Mich., Norman helped turn a 5-9-4 program into a MAC conference championship. Western Michigan finished the campaign with a 12-6-5 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.
The Broncos opened play in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament with a 1-0 win over No. 2 seed Marquette. Western Michigan's 12th shutout of the season and win over No. 8 nationally ranked Marquette was the largest upset in the history of the NCAA Women's College Tournament since its reorganization.
Norman earned MAC Coach of the Year honors in 2015 after leading Western Michigan to its second conference title in three seasons. The Broncos tied a program record with 14 victories en route to a 14-4-4 season.
Norman was also named the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year where Western Michigan ranked No. 7 in the final NSCAA Great Lakes region coach's poll.
The Broncos played No. 6 Notre Dame to a 2-2 draw during the 2015 regular season and dropped a narrow 1-0 loss to No. 5 Florida in the first round of the NCAA Women's College Tournament.
Norman graduated from Notre Dame in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology. During his career as a student-athlete with the Fighting Irish, Norman tallied nine goals and 15 assists over his four seasons.
The forward/midfielder was named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team three of his four years. Throughout his career, Notre Dame participated in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament all four years, including making it to the NCAA quarterfinals his senior year where they lost to Virginia, 3-2. His teams also captured a BIG EAST regular season title in 2004 and a BIG EAST tournament championship in 2003.
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