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The Fort Thomas Independent Schools announced today that Highlands High School has hired Chris Norris as the next girls’ varsity soccer coach. Norris holds thirty-one years of coaching experience on his resume, including eleven at the high school level. Norris arrives in Fort Thomas after assisting in coaching roles for the boys’ soccer program at Boone County High School and for Fusion FC.
“I am excited to become a part of the prestigious Highlands High School athletics community,” said Norris. “These players are incredibly talented, hungry, and have expectations to win.”
Norris takes over on the pitch for Alex Dean, who led the Bluebirds to KHSAA state tournament appearances in each of his three seasons at the helm, including back-to-back trips to the state championship matches in 2018 and 2019. Dean accepted a collegiate coaching position at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.
“Chris Norris is a winner through and through,” said Wes Caldwell, the Director of Athletics at Highlands. “It is part of his daily plan to build not only high-achieving soccer players, but also tremendous people that represent the ‘H’ with class on and off the pitch. Our visions align perfectly and we are thrilled to have him.”
Norris played college soccer and won three letters at Northern Kentucky University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees while at NKU. Norris holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, with a major in Secondary English Education. He teaches English at Ignite Institute and says he can’t wait to get to know the girls in the soccer program.
“I look forward to helping them achieve their goals on the athletic field and in the classroom both now and in the future,” Norris said.