KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee Director of Track & Field and Cross Country J.J. Clark announced his first new staff hire Friday, selecting Tulane’s Heather Van Norman as the Big Orange’s assistant coach for women’s sprints and hurdles. He also confirmed the retention of three full-time assistant coaches for his 2009-10 men’s and women’s teams.

Van Norman, who was head coach of the Green Wave men’s and women’s track & field and cross country programs during a tumultuous period caused by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, replaces Pauline Davis-Thompson, who resigned on June 19 after two years at UT.

Additionally, long-time men’s cross country/distance coach George Watts has been promoted to associate head coach and will handle those same responsibilities along with aiding Clark with management of the program. Assistant Norbert Elliott will continue in his role of directing men’s sprints, while Lady Vol throws coach John Frazier will now assume duties for both the women and men as he did previously at Arizona. Clark expects to fill the final assistant position in the coming weeks.

"I am very elated to announce that Heather Van Norman is our new women’s sprint coach," Clark said. "She brings a great deal of experience in the sprint area and a lot of skill in recruiting and dealing with student-athletes. We’re looking forward to getting her in orange and out on the road recruiting future Lady Vols.

"I believe the group we have assembled thus far, with George Watts as associate head coach and with Heather, John Frazier and Norbert Elliott serving as assistants, will be one of the best staffs in the country. We’re looking forward to wrapping it up with our final hire in the jumps area in the very near future." ….For More Visit

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