Friar alum led his alma mater to the 2018 MIAA A title and was twice named VSN Coach of the Year

by Gary Adornato

Brooks Norris, VSN’s Baseball Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2018, has stepped down as head coach of the Archbishop Curley varsity baseball team, he confirmed to VSN Thursday evening.

Norris, who went to Curley and won an MIAA A crown as a player with the Friars before going on to play college baseball at the University of Maryland, posted a 121-104 record as a head coach at Curley while playing in the area’s deepest and most talented high school league. In addition to his awards with VSN, he was twice named Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year (2012 and 2018) and was presented the 2013 Oldtimer’s Baseball Association’s John Steadman High School Coach of the Year Award.

“This was an extremely difficult decision for me,” said Norris. “It is something that I have contemplated for a few years, but my commitment to Archbishop Curley High School and the baseball program has allowed me to overlook making the best decision for me and keep coaching. It became clear in recent months that my vision of the program moving forward did not match up with the vision of the school moving forward. I felt that it was the best for all parties for me to move on.”

Norris sent 25 players on to play college baseball from Curley, including seven at the Division I level. One of those players, Marty Costes was drafted out of the University of Maryand and is now playing professionally with the Houston Astros organization.

Zack Ridgely, a former Curley pitcher was named the 2017 Big South Pitcher of the Year at Radford University. In addition, his most recent team has two Division I commits in rising senior Gavin Evans (James Madison University) and rising junior Jake Michel (Richmond University).

“I do not have any baseball plans moving forward, but I strongly doubt that I will return to coaching high school baseball,” added Norris. “I may have an opportunity to manage in a summer collegiate league, which is something I am considering if my schedule will allow it.”