Sept. 16, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Heather Van Norman, an assistant track & field coach who led the Lady Vol sprinters and hurdlers for the past year, has resigned, University of Tennessee Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark announced Thursday. A search for her replacement has begun.
"I appreciate the coaching skill that Heather provided during her tenure here," Clark said. "We wish her well in her future endeavors."
Van Norman came to Rocky Top on July 31, 2009, after leaving her post as Tulane University's head men's and women's track & field coach. She was Clark's initial new hire for the first combined staff in Big Orange track & field history and replaced Pauline Davis, who had served as the women's sprints/hurdles coach for two seasons.
In her lone campaign in Knoxville, Van Norman's most notable pupil was Ellen Wortham, who developed into an NCAA qualifier, SEC runner-up and USA Championships qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles as a sophomore. Wortham capped her season with a career-best time of 56.83 seconds in the prelims at the USA meet and wound up eighth overall.
"I have an affinity for every athlete I coached or came in contact with at UT," Van Norman said. "They have made a huge impact on my life, and I pray they take a part of what they learned from me through track & field with them always."