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Brookwood grad Norris hired as Georgia Tech assistant

Former Brookwood, North Carolina and current Akron Racers standout Lisa Norris was announced as the new pitching coach at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

Former Brookwood, North Carolina and current Akron Racers standout Lisa Norris was announced as the new pitching coach at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

Lisa Norris, a three-time Daily Post player of the year during her career at Brookwood, is the new pitching coach for the Georgia Tech fastpitch softball team, head coach Sharon Perkins announced Tuesday.

Norris currently pitches in the National Pro Fastpitch League, playing the past four seasons for the Akron Racers and earning league pitcher of the year honors in 2010. She played college softball in the ACC at North Carolina and had a 78-31 career record.

As a coach, Norris was most recently the pitching coach this past season at N.C. State. Her first job was pitching coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

"It's a great opportunity to come work at Georgia Tech," Norris said. "They've won three of the last four championships and they are known for being the big school in the ACC. Having the chance to get there and coach with them is a huge step forward and it's good to be back home in Georgia where I'm from. It's a true honor."

Norris was one of the best high school pitchers in Gwinnett history while at Brookwood. She lowered the county single-season record ERA to 0.15 as a junior, then broke her own record with a 0.11 ERA as a senior. She struck out a combined 683 batters in 456 innings her final two high school seasons.

Though she is still playing softball this summer, the 25-year-old also is off to a pretty good start to a career in coaching softball.

"Lisa will work with our pitching staff and continue to improve on the success we have had," Tech head coach Sharon Perkins said. "As a player, she was one of the toughest ones I have ever coached against. She is equally as good as a coach and a great addition to our Yellow Jacket family."

Norris joins a Tech roster that is already heavy with local ties, including Perkins, who lives in Suwanee. Last year's Yellow Jacket team featured Grayson's Shannon Bear and Hayley Downs, Buford's Alysha Rudnik, Karly Fullem and Chelsie Thomas and Providence Christian's Kylie Kleinschmidt.

Tech also has commitments from current Gwinnett high-schoolers Sam Pierannunzi of Peachtree Ridge, Kanani Cabrales of Archer, Jessie Kowalewicz of Providence and Morgan Bell of Mill Creek.