Norman named new FHS basketball coach

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The Frankfort High boys basketball team has been left wondering who would take over the program for most of the summer after former coach Scott Chalk left to coach at Franklin County.

That question has finally been answered.

Deron Norman, 33, has been hired to replace Chalk at FHS. This will be Norman's first head coaching position, but he comes into Frankfort with almost 13 years experience as an assistant coach.

"I always wanted this progression," Norman said of becoming a head coach. "Sooner or later, you always want to take what you've learned as an assistant, and every coach I've worked under has been to the state tournament. Now, I want to see what I can do."

Norman, who graduated from Ludlow High School, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky universities, was an assistant coach at Simon Kenton from 1991-97 under Dan Trame. He then moved to Lexington when a job opportunity opened up for his wife, Lee, at a law firm, and Norman has served as an assistant at Dunbar High School until taking the Frankfort job.

While at Dunbar, Norman coached under Frank Watson and Eddie Oakley. Watson led Dunbar to the Sweet 16, including a berth in the finals in both 1993 and 1994. Norman was still at Simon Kenton at that time, but he was on the coaching staff when Simon Kenton advanced to the state tournament in 1995.

"The opportunity to come to Frankfort popped up when the job opened up late, and I just think it's a great fit for me," Norman said.

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