Kevin Norman joined the Yale coaching staff in August 2010.
Over the past five seasons with Norman aboard as an assistant the team has improved not only in the Ivy League but on the national level. Over the last three seasons the Bulldogs have a 30-9 dual meet record, including a win over Big 10 power Penn State during the 2014-2015 season. This was Yale’s first win over a Big 10 school since their 1942 win over Michigan. The Bulldogs have also had four NCAA qualifiers over the past two seasons as well as a 2015 Honorable Mention All-American.
Norman has also played a significant role in Yale’s recent recruiting success. Yale’s 2014 recruiting class was ranked the 15th best class in the nation by Collegeswimming.com, the third straight year a Yale recruiting class was ranked in the top 25. This talent has led to nearly every school record being held by current Yale swimmers, a third-place finish at the 2015 Ivy League Championships with 1,162 points (the most Yale has scored at the championship meet since 2002) and four swimmers earning All-Ivy honors in 2015.
Norman came to Yale from the University of the South, where he was an assistant coach, helping both the men’s and women’s teams to top-four finishes at the SCAC Championships. The Tigers finished the year with 14 All-Conference performances and an NCAA Division III All-American. In addition, Norman led the team’s strength and conditioning program and worked with all swimmers, particularly focusing on the distance group.
In 2008-09, Norman was a volunteer assistant at Yale, while also serving as an assistant coach for the Omni Swim Club. In that season at Yale, Norman coached the Bulldogs at the ECAC Championships, where they finished eighth with just 10 swimmers.
Norman is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he served as captain of the swimming team and helped the Seahawks to four consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championships. As a senior he earned the Seahawk Award for his leadership skills.
After graduation he spent another year in Wilmington as a strength and conditioning intern and student-assistant coach. He earned his M.S. in exercise science-human performance at Southern Connecticut in 2009.
Norman lives in Wallingford, Conn., with his wife, Kim, and sons, Ryder and Cooper.
Updated Sept. 3, 2015