Kristy Norton joined the JMU softball staff in 2005 after spending two seasons as an assistant at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
In 2007 she was promoted to the first assistant coach after she directed the offense and coached third base to a record setting season. Under her instruction JMU had the best offensive season in the program's history setting new season marks for batting average (.311), slugging percentage (.472), runs scored (278), home runs (42), and RBI (264). The team was ranked nationally in batting average (14th), slugging percentage, (24th) and runs scored (36th). Coach Norton helped coach JMU’s first Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year, Jenn Chavez who led the league in doubles and hit .395 for the season. In 2010, Ashley Burnham became the second Duke to earn CAA Player of the Year honors under Norton's tutelage.
Norton was an All-Southern Conference and honorable mention All-South second baseman during her playing career at UNC Greensboro, setting team career records for games started (252) and at bats (785) from 1998-2002. Recruited to UNC Greensboro while Katie Flynn was the head coach there, Norton is second on career UNC Greensboro lists for hits (222) and doubles (41) and fifth in runs batted in (106).
At JMU, Norton works primarily with the team’s infielders and hitters and coaches third base.
“I am thrilled to have Kristy on the JMU softball staff. She has tremendous coaching knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for the game,” said Flynn. “I consider myself fortunate to have recruited and coached Kristy at UNCG, and I am even more excited to coach along side her. She has a tremendous future in coaching.”
Norton worked with the team’s outfielders and hitters, developed the team’s strength and conditioning program and coordinated travel arrangements as a UNC Greensboro assistant. She was head coach of the Carolina Wildcats, an 18-years-and-under travel softball team, from 1999-2002 and an assistant on UNC Greensboro’s athletics facilities and operations management staff from 1999-2002.
Norton has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science with a minor in coaching. The Fayetteville, N.C. native recently completed her M.S. in Recreation and Sports Management from JMU.