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Archbishop Curley hires baseball, lacrosse coaches

This 2001 photo shows Tim Norris (far right), then an assistant coach for Curley's baseball team, talking to players, including his son Brooks (to his right). Tim and Brooks Norris will together coach Curley's baseball team, the school has announced. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kim Hairston)

Archbishop Curley has hired a father-son tandem to take over its baseball program.

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Tim Norris and his son Brooks — both Curley alums — were named co-coaches of the Friars on Tuesday.

Curley also announced that John Tucker, also a Curley alum, will become its lacrosse coach.Tim Norris graduated from Curley in 1978. He was drafted by the Orioles his senior year and pitched for five years in their farm system. For three of those years he was roommates with Cal Ripken Jr.

Norris coached Curley baseball from 1998 through 2002 and won two championships. He currently manages Youse's Maryland Orioles in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League and the Oriolelanders, a high school fall showcase team for the Baltimore Orioles. He is also a part-time Orioles scout.

His son Brooks played baseball at Curley and the University of Maryland. He has worked as an instructor with Ripken Baseball, the Southern Maryland Baseball Camp and the Dave Johnson Baseball Academy. He was Curley's pitching coach last season under Jack Thomas, who resigned this summer due to increased work demands at his full-time job.

While having a father-son combo as head coach might sound unusual, Greg Malanowski, the assistant director of advancement at Curley, said it's not unique at the school, where the varsity volleyball team is coached by Joe D'Adamo and his son John, who are also Curley graduates.

Tucker, however, is on his own. The 1979 Curley grad is currently the school's admissions director and a social studies teacher. He replaces Josiah LaTona.

Tucker played midfield for the 1984 Johns Hopkins team that went undefeated and won the NCAA championship. He was also a captain of Team USA, which won gold medals at the World Lacrosse Championships in 1986, 1990 and 1994. He earned All-World Team honors in 1990 and 1994.

As a pro, Tucker led the Philadelphia Wings to two championships. He's a member of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame's Baltimore Chapter and the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.

He coached both outdoor (MLL) and indoor (NLL) and also coached at Severn, Gilman and Loyola, winning four MIAA A Conference titles.

"I left coaching because I didn't want to miss my kids growing up," said Tucker, 50. "Our oldest is going to Virginia next year. I didn't want to miss any of his games at Gilman. And now the position here has opened up at just the right time."

Tucker said he never touched a lacrosse stick until after he walked on Curley's campus as an eighth grader. Now he is in his fifth year back at the school and excited to enter his first year as the school's head coach.

"It's like I've come full circle," he said. "It's really exciting to me. The view is so different now. When I first started, I had no basic knowledge. I hadn't had kids. Now, I can look back at the experiences. Now I have perspective on how what I say impacts each of these kids. I've been at it a long time. I love the kids and it is an honor to be influential in their lives."

-- By Sandra McKee

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