New Football Coach Hired

Head Football Coach Chosen
Jesse NorrisFollowing the decision by Al Minnaert to step down last fall, Edgewood has hired Jesse Norris as the new head football coach.

Norris comes from the acclaimed St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was offensive line/tight end coach. He also coached for the Culver-Stockton College Wildcats for three years and saw the Wildcats win their first season in more than a decade. Norris improved player/team performance, increasing passing yards by 75 percent and more than doubling passing touchdowns and doubling offensive scoring overall.

Edgewood athletic director Chris Zwettler said, “We were all impressed by Jesse’s energy, passion, compassion, reliability, accountability and well-developed knowledge of the game—he is the whole package. There is no doubt that Jesse is the right man to carry on the traditions of our Hall of Fame coaches Wilke, Chryst and Minnaert. I’m confident he will adhere to the values Edgewood embraces and that he will be instrumental in helping to develop our players into young men who are strong on the field, in the classroom and as members of society.”

Norris is a native of Lima, Ohio, and played wide receiver and linebacker for Hillsdale College of Michigan, making it to the NCAA Division II playoffs and earning recognition as a three-time Academic All-American. Said one of his former players who had come from family hardship and homelessness, “Coach Norris changed my life. He helped me believe in myself and now I’m headed to Harvard in the fall.”

Norris notes, “It is an honor to be chosen to take over from Al Minnaert, who has accumulated more wins in his career than any other Madison football coach.”

Norris is “coming home” to be closer to family. He brings with him his wife, Kelly, and their daughter. He says, “Edgewood is a place that has a close-knit, welcoming, atmosphere. This feels like a place I can settle down as I raise my own family and become part of a larger family of colleagues, students, and parents. I look forward to becoming part of the rich Madison football tradition and I look forward to building relationships with area coaches and the community overall.”