MUNCIE, Ind. - Max Norris, an assistant women's tennis coach at Alabama, has been named the fifth head coach in Ball State women's tennis history according to Ball State director of athletics Bill Scholl.
“We are very excited to add Coach Norris to our women’s tennis program,” Scholl says. “He has a background in tennis throughout the Midwest and was a part of our tradition rich men’s tennis program for a few years. He is a former collegiate student-athlete and has experience with some of the top tennis programs in the country. We are looking forward to his joining the Ball State family.
Norris re-joins the Ball State tennis program after working as a student manager under current head men's tennis coach Bill Richards from 2009-10 and a volunteer assistant in the fall of 2008. Following his time with the Cardinals, Norris served as a volunteer assistant for the women's tennis program at North Carolina (2010-12) before being hired as the assistant women's tennis coach at Alabama.
At Alabama, Norris helped the Crimson Tide reached the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament and the final 16 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, both were firsts in program history. In 2013, Alabama ended the season with a final national ranking of No. 11, after reaching a season-high ranking of No. 5.
Norris helped coach the Crimson Tide's Mary Anne Macfarlane and Alexa Guarachi to the 2013 NCAA doubles semifinals, with Guarachi also advancing to the NCAA singles semifinal. Both were firsts in program history. Macfarlane and Guarachi also earned All-American accolades.
At North Carolina, Norris helped the TarHeels reach the round of 16 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and a final national ranking of No. 8 to go along with a second-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference. From 2011-12, he helped coach three All-American selections, Zoe DeBruyker (2011) and the doubles team of Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale (2011 & 2012). In 2011, Norris was on the staff which led the TarHeels to an ACC Championship, the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor, the NCAA Quarterfinals and a national ranking of No. 4.
Norris, a 2008 graduate of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, was a 2007 and 2008 first team Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection, as well as a second team all-league honoree in 2006 and 2008. He ended his career with 80 wins, playing primarily in the top three singles positions and top two doubles spots. He was named the team's most valuable player in all four seasons.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg, Norris spent two years at Ball State, where he earned a master's degree in communication studies in 2010. While at Ball State, Norris helped the men's tennis program, taught undergraduate classes, and received the 2010 Graduate Student of the Year Award from the Department of Communication Studies.
Before his collegiate experience, Norris spent five years (2005-09) as a teaching professional at Sylvania Country Club located in Sylvania, Ohio.