Mike Norvell is in his fourth season on The University of Tulsa coaching staff, and his second as a full-time assistant coach. He serves as passing game coordinator, receivers coach and director of recruiting.
Norvell coached the wide receivers for the Golden Hurricane in 2008 as a graduate assistant coach, and assisted coaching the receivers in 2007. In his three seasons, he has been a part of 26 victories, two Conference USA West Division titles and two GMAC Bowl victories.
Last year under his tutelage, sophomore receiver Damaris Johnson's 1,131 yards marked the third consecutive season that the Hurricane had a receiver account for 1,000+ receiving yards.
In 2008, Norvell tutored a receiving corps that was part of the nation's top offensive unit by averaging 569.9 yards and second in the nation in scoring at 47.2 points per game. Senior receiver Brennan Marion amassed a team-leading 1,112 yards while earning first-team all-Conference USA accolades. Norvell also coached Freshman All-American Damaris Johnson, who caught 53 passes for 743 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns as a true freshman.
In 2007, Norvell served as assistant receivers coach in his first year as an offensive graduate assistant. It was a year that saw Tulsa produce three 1,000-yard receivers while the Hurricane led the nation in total offense.
Before coming to Tulsa, Norvell spent the 2006 campaign as a graduate assistant at Central Arkansas where he helped coach the receivers and H-Backs. He also coached positions on kickoff, punt return and kickoff cover teams.
Norvell was a four-year starter on the Central Arkansas football team from 2001-05. He completed his career as the UCA career record-holder for receptions and ranked third all-time for receiver yards, as he caught 213 passes for 2,611 yards. Norvell twice earned first-team Academic all-Gulf South Conference honors, was named second-team all conference in 2004 and was the Conference Freshman of the Year in 2001.
He earned his bachelor's degree of education in social studies in 2005 and a master's of science degree in training systems in 2007, both from UCA.
Norvell's wife's name is Maria.
THE NORVELL FILE Alma Mater: Central Arkansas `05 Birthdate: October 11, 1981 Hometown: Irving, Texas College Coaching Experience: 4 years (2006-09). Entering his fourth year at Tulsa. Playing Experience: Was a four-year starting receiver and became the school's career leader for receptions with 213 and third for receiving yards with 2,611 at Central Arkansas (2001-05).
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