METARIE, La - New Orleans VooDoo General Manager Jon Norris resigned from his post Monday afternoon to accept the interim head football coach position with the organization, announced the front office at a press conference at Hooters in Metairie.
Norris holds a 31-17 af2 coaching mark with three of his four seasons spent with Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings. His other stint as a head coach came with the Tulsa Talons, guiding the club to the playoffs in its inaugural season in 2000. In all four seasons in af2, Norris’ teams went to the playoffs.
When the Battlewings made the transition from af2 to the AFL in 2010, the team finished 3-13 in light of an injury plagued campaign.
“Jon is a great coach and person,” said Dan Newman, New Orleans VooDoo owner. “The organization is behind him 100 percent. We have four games left, and we will put a product out there on the field that our fans can rally behind.”
Norris guided the Battlewings to the af2 conference championship in 2007, losing to eventual ArenaCup Champion, the Tulsa Talons. He followed that season with back-to-back Southwest Division titles in 2008 and 2009 that included hosting the club’s first ever playoff games.
A true pioneer of arena football, Norris was a player for the inaugural season champion Denver Dynamite in 1987. Norris has great credibility within the Arena Football community with his 17 years of experience as a player and coach in both the AFL and af2.
He came to the BattleWings from the Austin Wranglers of the AFL where he served as the Defensive Coordinator and Line Coach. He made a difference in Austin in 2005 when the offensive line gave up only four sacks, leading the AFL.
Prior to the Wranglers, Norris spent three seasons with the Dallas Desperados where he served as line and special teams coach. His line racked up some impressive stats, and in 2003 Norris coached AFL Lineman of the Year Tom Briggs.
Norris moved to Dallas after a stint as assistant head coach and offensive and defensive line coach for the Oklahoma Wranglers. Prior to Oklahoma, Norris served as head coach for the Tulsa Talons and led them to the af2 playoffs in their inaugural season with an offense that averaged 52.7 points per game and a defense that led the league with 33 interceptions.
Norris was born in Wales, United Kingdom, and raised in Stratford CT. He went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from America International College and a Master's Degree from Adams State. He is the father of two boys, Tyler (21) who attends the University of Texas and Clayton (16).