Curtis Norwood out as SPSCC men’s basketball coach
Curtis Norwood, the Clippers’ head coach for the past three seasons, is no longer with the school. Oly Sports has not been able to confirm whether he was fired or resigned, but he is no longer listed as the head coach on the SPSCC athletics website, did not participate in the end of season awards dinner and a player confirmed that he will not be coaching next season.
The Clippers won just four games in Norwood’s first season at the helm in the 2010-2011 season but followed it up in 2011-2012 with a 12-16 season including 8-8 in the west region and a playoff birth. After a slow start, that team caught fire behind the breakout season of Anye Turner. But Turner moved on to Western Washington after his freshman year and despite featuring three solid scorers in Jamey Smith, AJ Fuller and Scotty Ewing, the Clippers again fell to just 4-21 this season.
Norwood came to SPSCC after his second stint as assistant women’s basketball coach at Evergreen. He coached the River Ridge girls from 2007 to 2009 and led the Hawks to a state title in 2008 and was the girls head coach at Centralia from 2004 to 2007.