RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball Coach Beth O'Boyle announced the additions of assistants Rob Norris and Kate DeSorrento Wednesday.
Norris, a 13-year veteran of Division I hoops, joins VCU following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan. With the Eagles, Norris focused on guard play and was the team's defensive coordinator. In 2012-13, EMU limited its opponents to 63.8 points per game. Last season, Eastern Michigan improved its record by 10 wins, to 18-14.
"I am so excited for the opportunity to work with Rob," O'Boyle said. "He has great knowledge of the game and a proven success of developing players both on and off the court. Our players will truly benefit from his dedication and intensity."
Prior to Eastern Michigan, Norris worked in men's basketball for 11 years. From 2009-12, Norris served as associate head coach at Canisius. In all, he spent six years (2006-12) on staff with the Golden Griffins. The Rochester, N.Y. native served under Pat Kennedy at Towson for two years (2004-06), where he worked closely with future NBA standout Gary Neal. A graduate of Indiana (Pa.), Norris cut his teeth as film coordinator at DePaul from 2001-2002, and as director of operations at Montana from 2002-2003.
DeSorrento spent the last two seasons with O'Boyle at Stony Brook, where, in addition to her coaching duties, she served as recruiting coordinator. The Seawolves made dramatic strides in each of DeSorrento's two years on staff, improving by 10 wins each season, to 24-9 in 2013-14, a season capped by a WNIT bid.
"I am honored to continue working with Kate," said O'Boyle. "She brings a tireless work ethic, a passion for the game, and a strong commitment to mentoring our student-athletes. She is a skilled recruiter who has demonstrated success in developing players to reach their highest potential."
Prior to her Stony Brook tenure, DeSorrento served as head coach at Hamilton College for one season (2011-12). Previously, DeSorrento spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Rochester, where she helped steer the Yellow Jackets to a 68-18 mark and three NCAA Division III Tournament bids. In 2010, Rochester reached the national semifinals.
O'Boyle is in the process of filling out her staff after taking over the VCU program in April. She inherits a squad that finished 22-10 and reached the WNIT in 2013-14.