Carolan Norris
Carolan Norris
Hometown: Wakefield, RI
College: University of Connecticut, 1983
Position: Head Coach
Coaching Experience:
Head Coach, Brown Field Hockey, 1998-present
Head Coach, Brown Lacrosse, 1992-1998
Associate Head Coach, Brown Field Hockey, 1983-1992
Associate Head Coach, Brown Lacrosse, 1987-1992
Assistant Head Coach, Brown Lacrosse, 1983-1987

In eight years at the helm of the Brown field hockey program, Carolan Norris has accomplished what many spend lifetimes trying to achieve. Her 1999 squad shattered the school season records for goals, most wins, individual goals, individual assists, and individual points. Her squad earned national acclaim when it broke into the college field hockey rankings for the first time since the early 1990's, appearing as high as #14, and the Bears clinched their first Ivy crown since 1991. At the end of the season, Norris was rewarded when her peers voted her the Northeast Field Hockey Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

In the 2000 season Norris continued to find success, finishing with a 10-6 overall record, while coaching two First Team Regional All-Americans and four All-Ivy selections. In addition, another school record was broken, this time for assists in a career. She coached the "North" team in the North/South Senior All-Star game, leading the squad to victory as she did two years earlier in the 1998 season, when she first coached the Northern All-Stars. Norris was also selected to coach the New England Eclipse, an elite squad in the United Field Hockey League, for the spring and summer of 2001.

During the 2003 season, Norris' team played one of its strongest schedules and still finished with an impressive 11-6 record and a 4-3 mark in the Ivy League. Norris led the Bears past #17 Boston University, 3-1, one day after earning a 3-2 win over Dartmouth, to earn Brown's first appearance in the National Poll since 1999. Norris coached three Regional All-Americans and three All-Ivy honorees, and was also selected to coach the Elite Futures Under-19 Team during the summer of 2004 in Australia.

Last season, Norris helped guide the Bears to an 8-8 record, including a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League to finish second in the Ancient Eight, Brown's highest finish since the 1999 season. Along the way, the Bears picked up their first victory over Harvard since the 1992 season with a 1-0 win in Cambridge.

A dedicated and enthusiastic leader who is respected by players and peers alike, Norris became the head coach of the Brown women's lacrosse program in the summer of 1992. After completing a successful six years with lacrosse in which she boasted five winning seasons, she agreed to take over the field hockey reins in 1998. The 1997 Northeast Region Lacrosse Coach of the Year established a reputation as a top-notch recruiter and knowledgeable teacher of the game, qualities that she has carried over to Brown's Warner Roof with the field hockey team.

A seasoned veteran of the college coaching ranks, Norris joined the Brown Athletic Department in 1983 as an assistant field hockey coach and continued in that role for ten years before assuming lacrosse duties on a full-time basis. As a member of the field hockey staff, Norris was responsible for recruiting the players that led Brown to three Ivy Championships and one ECAC Title. During her seven-year tenure as head coach of the lacrosse team, ten different athletes earned All-Ivy honors, four were lauded All-Americans, and one went on to play with the US National Team. As a field hockey mentor for seven seasons, Norris has coached 1999 First team All-American and Honda Broderick Finalist Tara Mounsey, as well as 11 different All-Ivy selections, 10 different Regional All-Americans, an Ivy Rookie of the Year, and an Ivy Player of the Year.

Norris received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut in 1983 where she was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She played on the 1981 Husky field hockey team that won the NCAA National Championship, and she captained the 1982 squad. As a senior, she was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

A native of Wakefield, Rhode Island, Norris is a 1979 graduate of South Kingstown High School where she was an All-State field hockey and volleyball player. She is the daughter of John and Gail Norris; John is the former head baseball coach at the University of Rhode Island.

In addition to her coaching duties at Brown, Norris is currently serving on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Ethics Committee, and was a member of the NCAA Lacrosse Committee in 1997. She coached the North/South Senior All-Star lacrosse game in the spring of 1998, and has coached at the United States Field Hockey Association's Super Camp and "B" Camp, both part of the Olympic Development Program.

Carolan's Career
1993 (lacrosse) 7-7
1994 (lacrosse) 8-7
1995 (lacrosse) 4-10
1996 (lacrosse) 9-5
1997 (lacrosse) 10-5
1998 (lacrosse) 10-4
1998 (field hockey) 6-9
1999 (field hockey) 13-4
2000 (field hockey) 10-6
2001 (field hockey) 8-9
2002 (field hockey) 7-9
2003 (field hockey) 11-6
2004 (field hockey) 5-11
2005 (field hockey) 8-8
Totals 116-100