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Pete Norman


Director, Athletics and Physical Education
Office Number: SC-111


Pete Norman, director of athletic and physical education programs, and men’s basketball coach: A.S., Highland Community College; B.S., Eastern Illinois Universitymetoprolol ; M.S. Ed., Southern Illinois University.

Coach Pete Norman is the eighth person to hold the head men’s basketball coach position, and the first to take the Cougars to the NJCAA National Tournament. In fact, Coach Norman has led the Cougars to the NJCAA National Tournament five of the last six years, finishing third in the Nation in 2006.

Coach Norman has the greatest number of wins as a coach in the 40-year history of the Cougar program. In his tenure, the Cougars have posted over 390 wins, including fourteen 20 + win and three 30 + win seasons, eleven consecutive Arrowhead Conference Championships, and six consecutive Region IV Championships (seven total).

The nationally-ranked Cougars also made it into the national record books for the longest winning streak (29 wins) in the nation in 2003-2004. Coach Norman has been named Illinois Basketball “Coach of the Year” five times; Region IV “Coach of the Year” seven times, and Arrowhead Conference “Coach of the Year” thirteen times.

Even though Coach Norman has built the Highland program into a national powerhouse, he is known for his humility. In addition to his successes on the court, he is most proud of his student-athletes accomplishments in the classroom. As an advocate for higher education, Coach Norman inspires his student-athletes to reach their goals-both athletically and academically. Over 90% of Highland’s men’s basketball players mirena have graduated and transferred to Universities and colleges throughout the United States. In addition, several former players are competing professionally.

Coach Norman and several current and former Cougar athletes conduct sports camps on the Highland campus during the summer months.

Basketball has always been a part of Coach Norman’s life. Coach Norman, played on the collegiate level at Highland and Eastern Illinois University. In addition to coaching at both his alma maters, his coaching career includes Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri.

Coach Norman has three children, Eric, Katie, and Luke.


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