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  Chris Norris

Chris Norris

Player Profile

Omaha, Neb.

Running Backs/Special Teams

4th Season

Alma Mater:
Nebraska-Omaha (1999)

Chris Norris is in his fourth year as the running backs and special teams coach at Southeast Missouri State University. He is one of seven current Redhawks coaches to have played collegiately at the University of Nebraska.

Norris coaches the Southeast running backs and serves as the special teams coordinator.

In each of his first three seasons at Southeast, a Redhawks punter has earned All-American accolades. David Simonhoff finished second in the nation with punting average (44.8 yards) in 2006 while Doug Spada finished third in the Football Championship Subdivision in punting (44.7 yards) in 2008.

Norris came to the Southeast program after a very successful career at Jacksonville University where he spent three years under the direction of Steve Gilbert. As the running backs coach for the Dolphins, Norris' first season was one to remember. JU backs ran for a school-record 2,103 yards on a school-record 494 carries. Norris coached Emmett Hunter, the Dolphins' all-time leading rusher, to All-America honors in 2003. Prior to coaching at JU, Norris spent three seasons filling the same position at Tennessee State University.

Norris played fullback at Nebraska for the 1994 national championship team.

Norris began his collegiate coaching career as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Northern State University in South Dakota.

In 1999 he helped lead the Wolves to the No. 11 spot in the national polls with a 9-3 record. Norris also coached at his alma mater, Papillion-La Vista High School, in Nebraska, from 1997-1999. He helped lead the Monarchs to the state finals in 1997 and the state quarterfinals in 1998.

Norris played four seasons at fullback under head coaches Tom Osborne and Frank Solich at the University of Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won four Big Eight championships along with the 1994 National Championship. Nebraska went 47-3 during his four-year playing career, including a nation's best 26-game win streak.

After a career-ending neck injury in 1995, Norris became a student-assistant coach and helped lead the Cornhuskers to a fifth straight Big Eight title and second consecutive National Championship.

In 1999, Coach Norris earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His wife's name is Tracee.


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