Hargrave names new Aquatics Director

Press Release for February 3, 2017

Chatham, VA – February 3, 2017 Hargrave Military Academy named Doug Norris as the Academy’s new Aquatics Director.

DOUG NORRIS__3.JPG  Doug Norris comes to Hargrave Military Academy with 40 years of USA Swimming and IHSAA  Coaching experience including American Red Cross and State Teaching Certification as well as State Principal's Administration License. Throughout his career, Coach Norris has helped in the building and management of four large-scale athletic – aquatic facilities. He has managed beaches, pool, parks, community centers, school facilities, and country clubs.Most recently Mr. Norris worked at The University of Chicago/Hyde Park Day School in Chicago IL., where he instructed physical education classes. He was also an integral part of the Munster Swim Club where he was a USA and IHSAA High School Swimming Coach and Red Cross Safety Training Instructor. During his tenure, Norris established all the aquatics programs for the city and schools of East Chicago.                  

Dr. Jeffrey Feltzer a former student-athlete, and employee of coach Norris said, “Coach Norris was a former student athlete for Coach Jon Jepsen, who was the Head swim coach at Munster High School and a student of the world famous coach "Doc Counsilman" who was the Indiana University Head Coach and the Olympic coach during the Mark Spitz years.  Coach Norris and Coach Jepsen created one of the first successful feeder programs in USA swimming that fueled decades of team state champions, All- Americans, and scores of individual state champions for Munster HS who went on to become NCAA and Olympic trial swimmers.” Dr. Feltzer, also said, “The approach that Coach Norris took with the younger USA swimmers was uniquely successful at producing top athletes in the state in a very short period.  

Mr. Norris received his Masters of Education, from Indiana University and holds a Post Master's License in School Administration and Supervision.  He is joined by his wife Susan who are the proud parents of three boys Justin, Dylan, and Ian.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Hargrave Military Academy is an all-male college preparatory school.  Founded in 1909, the Academy is noted for ongoing academic achievement in college placement, athletics and leadership.  Hargrave is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School via AdvancED and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.