Jackson native returns home to coach Jets basketball
Jackson College welcomes Marshawn Norris, a Jackson-area native who played for Napoleon High, as the new head coach for men's basketball.
After graduating from Napoleon, Norris attended Mott Community College in Flint, where he played point guard on the basketball team. He transferred to Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., where he played for one year before finishing his college career at Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from Culver Stockton. He recently worked as an assistant coach for Culver Stockton for three years, before taking this current post for the Jets.
"I was interested in advancing my career, becoming a head coach, and in being home," Norris said. "I look forward to working with my team. I want people to know that you can win here and be successful too, that's what I'm looking forward to."
Norris said he likes an up-tempo style of basketball that is hard-nosed on defense. While he was at Culver Stockton, he did some recruiting in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association so he is familiar with the teams.
"I'm very happy to be here, it's like a dream come true," Norris said. "To be 26 years old and to be the head coach of a college, and to do it at home, I can't think of a more ideal situation."
The Jets' first game will be against Norris' own alma mater, Mott Community College, there on Nov. 3.