- Randy Norton
Randy  Norton

Last College:
Iowa '86

Head Coach

Fourth Season at UAB/33rd Overall


Since Norton arrived on campus, the UAB women’s basketball program has seen immediate improvements. Norton has guided his team to four consecutive 15 or more win seasons including an 11-7 mark in league play in 2014-15 marking just the second time in program history the Blazers finished with 11 or more conference wins. 

In his first season at UAB Norton helped guide Karisma Chapman to a First-Team All-Conference USA selection and Ashley Grimes to a Second-Team selection. Since his initial season, Norton has seen seven other players earn All-Conference awards including Rachael Childress who was named the 2016-17 C-USA Freshman of the Year.

Norton Nuggets

  • 64-59 overall record in four seasons
  • Coached 11 All-Conference USA Team members, including two first-team selections in Karisma Chapman (2013-14) and Janae Smith (2014-15)
  • Between 2015-2017, Norton has seen three players earn Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors, including Rachael Childress who was named the 2016-17 C-USA Freshman of the Year
  • Responsible for two of the UAB’s four largest wins inside Bartow Arena (Miles, 12/28/16 and Mississippi Valley State, 12/05/15)
  • Saw three players from his 2015-16 team continue their career in the professional ranks
  • Former Blazer Brittany Winborne flourished under Norton her senior season; in her first year playing professionally, Winborne averaged a double-double (11.2 rpg, 13.6 ppg) on her way to being named to the 2017 WBBL Molten All-Defensive Team 


  • The Blazers shot a UAB record-breaking 37.3 percent from the 3-point line
  • UAB drained 218 3-pointers, the second most by a team in a single season in program history
  • The Blazers connected on 187 3-pointers in league action, breaking the C-USA record for 3-pointers made by a team in a single season
  • UAB’s 37.3 percent from beyond the arc in league play marked fifth-highest percentage shot by a team in C-USA history
  • The Blazers 58-point victory over Miles was the second largest win in program history
  • Rachael Childress took home the 2017 Freshman of the Year award, just the fourth Blazer to earn the honor
  • Two All-Freshman team members in Rachael Childress and Miyah Barnes
  • Sophomore Deanna Kuzmanic earned the league’s Spirit of Service Award, which aims to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sports
  • Kuzmanic was one of just five players named to the league’s all-academic team. In order to be eligible, student-athletes have to maintain a 3.2 GPA and be a valuable contributor to the team. Kuzmanic joins four other student-athletes


  • The Blazers held their opponents to the lowest rebound average in UAB history (32.7)
  • UAB tallied 130 blocked shots, the third most by a team in program history
  • The Blazers led C-USA in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.2 points per contest
  • Chelsee Black and Brittany Winborne were named to the All-Conference USA Second Team
  • Deanna Kuzmanic garnered C-USA All-Freshman Team honors
  • The Blazers recorded a 3.39 cumulative team GPA, the highest team mark since 2006


  • Finished the season with an 18-13 record and 11-7 mark in league play
  • UAB’s 36.1 percent mark from long range ranks second for 3-point field goal percentage in program history
  • The team drained 198 3-pointers, the fourth most by a team in program history
  • The Blazers shot a combined 75.2 percent (361-of-480) from the free-throw line, the second highest percentage in program history
  • Janae Smith earned a spot on the First-Team All-Conference USA squad


  • UAB shot 33.7 percent from deep, the sixth highest percentage in program history
  • The Blazers swatted 141 shots, the most by a team in UAB history
  • Karisma Chapman earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors after averaging 2.2 points per game including 16 double-doubles in her senior campaign

Prior to UAB, Norton spent three years as the Associate Head Coach at Missouri and seven years as an assistant at Illinois State under Robin Pingeton. In ten years as an assistant, Norton helped guide his teams to six post-season berths, including the 2005 and 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Playing Career
A 1986 graduate of the University of Iowa, Norton played both basketball and baseball for the Hawkeyes. On the hardwood, he was a guard on 1979 Big Ten Conference title team and the 1980 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

On the diamond, Norton was a four-year letterwinner for the Hawkeyes. He spent three seasons in the Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals) organization before moving into coaching.

An Iowa City, Iowa native, Norton and his wife Claire, have four children: Tom, Carly, Allie and Nick. Tom graduated from Truman State, Carly from St. Ambrose and Allie from Truman State, where all three played college basketball. Nick is a two-year starter at point guard for the UAB men’s basketball team.

Norton Year-By-Year
UAB - Head Coach

Year Record Pct. Conference Record Finish Postseason
2016-17 15-15 .500 8-10, C-USA 9th n/a
2015-16 15-16 .483 7-11, C-USA t-8th n/a
2014-15 18-13 .581 11-7, C-USA t-4th n/a
2013-14 16-15 .516 1-9, C-USA 8th n/a

Missouri - Assistant Coach - Associate Head Coach

Year Record Pct. Conference Record Finish Postseason
2012-13 17-15 .531 5-11, Big 12 8th WNIT First Round
2011-12 13-18 .419 2-16, Big 12 10th n/a
2010-11 13-18 .419 5-12, Big 12 10th n/a

Illinois State - Assistant Coach - Associate Head Coach

Year Record Pct. Conference Record Finish Postseason
2009-10 28-8 .778 16-2, MVC 1st WNIT Semifinals
2008-09 27-8 .771 15-3, MVC 1st WNIT Semifinals
2007-08 26-7 .788 13-5, MVC 1st NCAA First Round
2006-07 22-11 .667 13-5, MVC 2nd WNIT Second Round
2005-06 12-16 .667 7-11, MVC 6th n/a
2004-05 13-17 .433 7-11, MVC 8th NCAA Second Round
2003-04 16013 .552 8-10, MVC 5th n/a