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Coach Norman Stepping Down
10/2/2009

FREEPORT Longtime Highland Community College coach, Pete Norman, is stepping down from his role as the head coach for mens basketball. Norman has led Cougar basketball since 1994, accumulating a career total 395 wins and 5 berths to the National Tournament in the last 6 years. Norman cited personal and family reasons for his decision to step down and confirmed that he will remain the athletic director and an instructor at Highland Community College.

In a letter to his fans published on the Highland Community College web site, Norman stated, Ive been thinking about this for the past couple of years. My mind knew it was time, but my heart wouldnt let me make the announcement until now. It is difficult and emotional to let go of something we have worked so hard to build the last 15 years. It takes a lot of energy to coach a championship basketball team. At the end of last season I hoped to recharge for one more run. But as the season practices got ready to kick-off this year, I knew it was time.

Read Coach Norman's letter to fans.

Pete Norman
Coach Pete Norman

Highland President Dr. Joe Kanosky pointed to Pete Normans leadership as the reason for the Cougars success. Among his outstanding accomplishments, the Cougars finished third in National tournament in 2006 and were recently named the fifth best program in Basketball Times listing of the best Junior College programs in the 2000s.

Reflecting on Normans tenure as head coach, Joe Kanosky said, While we are sad that Pete is stepping down from men's basketball coaching, we also want to thank and honor him for his 15 seasons as coach. Pete came to Highland at a time when the program was in need of revitalization and Pete surely has accomplished that goal. Most importantly, Pete set a precedent that academics matter. He is most respected by the College community for his commitment to helping his players be good students and good citizens as well as good athletes. Over the years, he cultivated an outstanding graduation record in addition to good game stats. More than 90% of his players have graduated from Highland Community College or transferred on to another college or university.

Joe Kanosky appointed Assistant Coach Ronnie Dean as interim head coach for the 2009 2010 season. Dean joined the Cougars last year and worked alongside Norman leading the Cougars to another berth to the National tournament.

I am excited about this season, said Dean. I already feel a part of Cougar Nation. For years I have attended Highland games as a recruiter. Pete Norman is a great friend. He has had a tremendous influence on me and my coaching career.

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Coach Ronnie Dean

Dean joined Highland after a four year stint at Southeast Missouri State where he served as assistant coach. He held similar positions at Jacksonville University, University of Montana, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton. He also served as head coach at Lamar Community College in Colorado. In 2007, Dean was selected as the fourth best Junior College recruiter in the nation by Basketball Times.



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