Nate Norman was named head coach of the WMU women's soccer program on July 12, 2012.
Norman, 27, returns to Kalamazoo and Western Michigan after a season as an assistant coach for the University of Miami (Fla.), where he helped the program to its best season in program history. With Norman's help the Hurricanes won their first NCAA Tournament game in school history and finished ranked 29th in the nation, all while competing in the top-rated women's soccer conference in the nation. Norman also helped the team to great academic success, with the Hurricanes achieving the highest GPA in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He was a Western Michigan's assistant coach during the 2010 season in which he helped the team to a berth in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship game and helped coach WMU's first ever MAC Offensive Player of the Year in Stephanie Skowneski. Helping direct the Bronco attack, team scoring increased by 18 goals from the previous season. Three student-athletes were named All-MAC and the team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America academic award after finishing the year with a 3.47 GPA.
he served as a volunteer assistant for his alma mater, the University of Notre
Dame. During that year the Irish won the
Big East regular season title, and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals before
losing to eventual national champion Wake Forest University 1-0 in double overtime.
With the Fighting Irish he helped conduct practices, worked individually with
players and helped with training the goalkeepers.
As a player at Rochester Adams he was a three time NSCAA All-American in high school. He also was a McDonald's All-American his senior year, as well as being included in Parade Magazine's top 20 college soccer recruits in the country his senior year.
also competed on the U16, U18, and U20 United States national teams during his
time in high school and throughout college, participating in some of the
highest level tournaments throughout the world.
After his career with Notre Dame, Norman was drafted 21st overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2007 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. In 2008 he played professionally for the Charleston Battery of the USL division 1, and in 2009 he played for the Carolina Railhawks also of the USL division 1, before retiring after a serious injury.
Norman and his wife Rachel reside in Kalamazoo.