Head coach Randy Norton met with print and television media at Conference USA Media Day.
Oct. 8, 2013
Norton, who is in his first season as head coach with the Blazers, was joined by the 15 other Conference USA head coaches. The teams include
UAB returns eight players from last season’s team, including preseason All-C-USA selection senior Karisma Chapman. Chapman will be joined by fellow senior Ashley Grimes, who was a second-team All-C-USA selection along with Chapman last season.
The team is in its second week of preseason practice in preparation for the 2013-14 season. The Blazers will begin the season with two exhibition games against Georgia Southwestern (Oct. 28) and
Head Coach Randy Norton
On focus so far with the team…
“We are trying to get them to play as hard as they can, bring a lot of energy to practice, to be great teammates, those are some of the things we really focused on with this team. We want to get out of that mold of being average, we want to be great. To do that, you have to work on it everyday. It has to be a habit.”
On returning starters…
“We have Karisma Chapman who was preseason All-Conference USA, she was second team last year and then Ashley Grimes was second team last year as well. They are our only two seniors that we have and the leadership that they have brought in from day one has been amazing. It is a difficult situation when you are a senior and you have a new coaching staff coming in that thinks differently than the previous three years. That can be hard but we sat down with them, they bought into what we are trying to do and they have really helped us with the younger players. When I say younger, we are a young squad because we have one junior and eight freshmen and sophomores. That being said, having those two seniors is great to help lead them.”
On being a first year head coach…
“I think that fortunately I was the head high school basketball coach which was a really competitive situation so it has prepared me, and then the last 10 years working under head coach Robin Pingeton has been great preparation. I am very comfortable being a head coach. It is almost like riding a bike. After taking 10 years off from being the head coach and now getting back into it, I am excited to be the head coach. I love what I do.”
On recruiting process so far…
“It has been great. I have an outstanding staff and from day one they started contacting the