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Brian Norwood

Brian  Norwood

Associate Head Coach (Safeties)

Alma Mater:
Hawai'i, 1988


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Brian Norwood is in his seventh season at Baylor in 2013, his fourth as associate head coach working with the safeties.

From 2008 to 2010, Norwood served as defensive coordinator, and oversaw a defense that totaled nine All-Big 12 honorees and two All-Americans.

During Baylor's 2013 Big 12 championship season, Norwood coached first-team All-American and NFL draftee (Cowboys) Ahmad Dixon, as well as Terrell Burt, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 23 after totaling seven tackles and returning an interception 63 yards for a TD.

Both of Baylor's 2011 starting safeties, Mike Hicks and Sam Holl, earned 2011 All-Big 12 honors. Holl finished second on the squad with 113 total tackles and Hicks was third with 105 - each had three interceptions.

In 2010, Norwood coached first-team All-Big 12 honoree Byron Landor, who totaled 127 tackles.

Prior to Baylor, Norwood spent seven seasons as safeties coach on College Football Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno's Penn State staff.

A 23-year collegiate coaching veteran, Norwood began his career as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona (1990-91), before spending three seasons (1992-94) as outside linebackers coach at Richmond. He then spent five years at the U.S. Naval Academy (1995-99) as defensive backs coach and one season at Texas Tech (2000) as defensive backs coach before moving to Penn State in 2001. Teams he has worked with have earned 11 bowl bids.

During Norwood's seven seasons at Penn State, the Nittany Lions led the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense twice (2004 and 2005) and finished third on two occasions (2003 and 2006). Nationally, Penn State ranked among the nation's top 25 in pass efficiency defense four times including a No. 4 ranking in 2004. At the end of the 2007 regular season, the Nittany Lions' defense ranked sixth nationally against the run (87.92 ypg), eighth in scoring defense (17.58 ppg), ninth in total defense (306.58 ypg) and 44th in pass efficiency defense (119.14 rating).

Norwood coached 2006 Big Ten interceptions leader and first-team All-Big Ten safety Anthony Scirrotto, and developed All-Big Ten and NFL defensive backs Shawn Mayer (led conference with 144 tackles as a senior) and Calvin Lowry. He also coached 2003 second-team All-Big Ten pick Yaacov Yisreal.

At Navy, Norwood tutored Sean Andrews, who earned second-team All-America honors in 1995, as well as Robert Green, an All-Independents team selection. In Norwood's second season in Annapolis, Navy fashioned its best record since 1978 at 9-3 and registered a 42-38 victory over California in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. With Norwood on staff, the Midshipmen posted back-to-back winning seasons (1996 and 1997) for the first time since a five-year run of winning campaigns ended in 1982.

In his lone season at Texas Tech, Norwood coached strong safety Kevin Curtis, a first-team All-Big 12 honoree who shared the Red Raiders' MVP honor. The Red Raiders played in the 2000 Bowl.

Norwood, who calls Honolulu, Hawai'i and Glenarden, Md., home, graduated from the University of Hawai'i in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in communications. He was a four-year letterman as a cornerback/safety for the Rainbows from 1983 through 1987 and received the team's Most Improved Defensive Back award as a senior.

He and his wife Tiffiney have five children--Gabriel, Jordan, Levi, Brianna and Zaccariah. Gabriel and his wife Lei have two children--Cassius and Orion. Gabriel and Jordan helped State College Area High School to the 2003 PIAA Basketball Championship. Gabriel was a member of George Mason's 2006 men's basketball Final Four team and plays professionally in the Philippines. He was a key member of the Philippines' national basketball team, which won the silver medal in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship and participated in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Jordan plays wide receiver in the NFL with the Denver Broncos. Levi is a wide receiver at Baylor. Brianna is a senior on the George Mason Masonette Dance Team. Zaccariah is a freshman at George Washington University.

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