Norkey named Tecumseh High School's new varsity boys basketball coach
Tecumseh Public Schools recently announced its winter season coaching hires for the 2013 season including the new varsity boys basketball coach, Scott Norkey.
The new coach held an informal parent meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, to introduce himself, the junior varsity coach, Adam Benschoter and freshman coach Jamie Mossburg.
Norkey is originally from Jackson and graduated from Jackson Lumen Christi in 1990. He was a member of Lumen Christi’s state quarterfinal team of 1988-1989 and the regional final team of 1989-1990. Norkey was also a member of Siena Heights University’s basketball team from 1990-1994 and was a player on the 1993-1994 team, which is currently in the Saint’s Hall of Fame.
He began coaching basketball as a varsity assistant at Clinton High School from 2004-2005, which advanced to the regional finals. Norkey began coaching at Tecumseh High School in 2009 as the boy’s varsity assistant. The following year he became the junior varsity boys basketball coach and continued until this year.
He has also been a volunteer football and basketball coach in Tecumseh and at the YMCA in Adrian for the past 10 years.
Norkey lived in Tecumseh with his wife for the last 15 years. His daughter graduated in 2013 from Tecumseh High School and he has a son currently in 8th grade in Tecumseh.
“I am very excited to be the coach, and given the opportunity,” he said at the parent meeting. “I want to be here for a very long time.”
The Indians went 9-12 last year under coach Marc Comstock.
Norkey has already made some changes — he’s scheduled preseason scrimmages against top-notch opponents including Detroit Cass Tech.
“We are in a difficult conference,” Norkey told the parents. “Therefore, I’m scheduling the Cass Tech. Their basketball team is very good... I think it would be good for our kids to go there and scrimmage, not just to play basketball but to interact.”
The team members will now wear shirt and ties on game days to school and to competitions.
“We are going to base our cuts obviously on skill level. But, right there with it is attitude,” said Norkey. “We are not going to deal with an attitude for the year. We are trying to continue to build off what previous coaches did, with some changes.”
Communication between coaches, players and parents was also prominent in the preseason talk. Norkey said that all the players need to do is talk to their coach to find out where their skill level is at and what is needed to improve on it.
“Any time you’re talking to your child and he looks at you and says ‘I don’t know why I’m not playing,’ I don’t know why my minutes got cut from 20 to 10,’ he probably does. I just don’t know if he wants to tell you.”
Norkey works with Child Protective Services in Lenawee County.
“We are going to change some things offensively,” Norkey said. “Defensively we’re obviously going to do similar things but change a little bit. I think we were a very good defensive team the last two years. There were other things that needed some tweaking.”