New Athletic Director Takes the Helm at East Lansing High School
East Lansing Public Schools will have a new athletic director leading its sports programs this year, following the retirement of former Athletic Director Tom Hunt.
Nikki Norris, the previous athletic director at Corunna Public Schools, was hired this past summer after being recommend by an interviewing committee. The committee was comprised of East Lansing High School staff, community and board members.
“She possesses the qualities that we look for in our employees,” Principal Andy Wells of East Lansing High School stated. “Not only her academic qualities, but also her personal characteristics.”
Prior to taking the East Lansing job, Norris gained several years of experience at Corunna High School, serving as the school's athletic director since 2010.
“I thought it was a good opportunity to move to a bigger district, and work with more students,” Norris said.
Norris hopes to continue with the successful programs that Hunt developed before his retirement. Based on what she sees in place, Norris doesn’t anticipate making a lot of immediate changes. Her focus will be more on building relationships in her new role.
“My first step is getting to know the all the kids and all the coaches,” Norris said. “And I look at my position as more of a service position where my job is to serve our athletes and serve our coaches to kind of continue a status quo for now.”
Norris has a background in athletics — she previously played basketball and volleyball, and ran track. Her two daughters, Meredith (MSU) and Elizabeth (Corunna High School), also play volleyball and run track.
“I went to Alma College and ran track there,” Norris said. “And [in my career] I’ve coached volleyball, basketball, a little softball, about anything that I could coach.”
She had been coaching youth teams and officiating ever since she enrolled in Alma College in 1987. Norris coached at Corunna High School, where she also taught sciences, but after taking the job as athletic director she could no longer be a coach due to a Corunna Public Schools policy.
Norris is passionate about athletics and plans to hold her position as athletic director as long as the district will let her. Norris added that she doesn't see herself slowing down any time soon.
“I’ve been in education for 25 years now, and I could go on for a very long time. And that’s my hope for now,” Norris said.
The staff has welcomed Norris and has no doubts or worries about her abilities.
“I think she is an excellent addition to the East Lansing High School family,” Wells said.
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