High School Sports

New Dutch Fork hire praises predecessor

Bill Kimrey’s phone call was a blessing to Marilyn Norris.

The Dutch Fork athletics director called on Norris to take over the Silver Foxes girls basketball program from Anne Long, who moved on to Spring Valley.

“I think, well, I know that I will be blessed when I get to Dutch Fork,” said Norris, who spent the 2007-08 season at Georgia’s Washington County High after spending seven years at North Augusta.

“It’s a good program, a great program.Anne Long has done a great job with it,” Norris said. “She’s good; she makes sure they (are) fundamentally sound, and I know they are prepared. So it’s a good situation to come into.”

Norris brings 20 years of experience.

“We had a lot of good applicants, but she stood out with her experience and track records,” Kimrey said. “She’s been very successful everywhere she’s been.”

Norris began her coaching career at Westside in 1988 and moved to North Augusta in 1994.

She has been named the Region 4-4A coach of the year four times, most recently in 2006-07, and led North Augusta to three consecutive region titles from 2005-07

Norris will not be the only new member on the Dutch Fork coaching staff next year. The Silver Foxes promoted baseball assistant Randy Johnson to head coach and hired Laurie Epps as the girls softball coach.

Reach Nelson at (803) 771-8419.