Jeff Norman discusses decision to step away from Central Girls Soccer

Updated: May. 29, 2021 at 12:33 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With the program for nine seasons, including the last six as a head coach, Jeff Norman has resigned.

Norman inherited a program that had not qualified for the state tournament in two years and he turned it into a perennial contender. Under Jeff Norman, the Lady Indians played in the state tournament every possible season (2020 was canceled due to COVID-19) and they won the 2018 Wyoming 4A Girls Soccer State Championship.

But at the end of the day, Norman said the state title was not his proudest on-field moment while leading the Tribe.

“Defeating East High School 11 out of 14 times, having only lost three and tied one is at the top of my list,” said Jeff Norman.

The now-former head coach said this is the case because the possibility to transfer to another Cheyenne high school exists. He said those wins over the Lady T-Birds are in large part due to the loyalty of his players and their families.

Jeff Norman said his decision to step down was not based upon this season and the decision itself actually came before the 2021 season started. He said that he is stepping away because he felt like it was time to be at home more with his family and to spend more time with his faith.

“I think they’ll be a time for coaching again in my life, it’s just not now,” said Norman. “I love the profession and it’s the best damn game in the world, that’s for sure. I won’t be far from it and I’ll be back into it, it’s just now is not the time because God and my wife and my kids deserve it.”

Norman said he will continue to work in LCSD #1 as a guidance counselor.

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