Rex Norris has resigned as the Kentwood High School football coach to pursue a job as head of football programming with Serevi Rugby, he said Friday.
Norris compiled an 87-30 record in 11 years as the Conquerors coach, including six state appearances.
“I don’t take leaving Kentwood lightly,” Norris said. “I had a very unique opportunity presented to me to have more time with my family and take on some new challenges.”
He informed the team of his resignation Friday morning. He’s also resigning from his teaching job at the school.
“This is really hard,” Kentwood athletic director Jo Ann Daughtry said. “Rex is a pillar at our school. I can’t even begin to describe how much work he does that’s not even directly related to football.”
Norris said his new position at Serevi Rugby, a Seattle-based company named after Fijian rugby player Waisale Serevi (“He’s the Michael Jordan of rugby,” Norris said) will include designing drills and working with collegiate and NFL teams on point-of-contact tackling.
Norris began coaching at Kentwood in 1992 as a defensive coordinator. He’s also been a longtime coach of the Conks’ girls rugby team.
“I came here expecting to retire here. But I’ve been coaching rugby for 23 years as well,” Norris said. “This opportunity allowed me to combine rugby and football together and give me more time for my family.”
Daughtry said she plans to open the position for Kentwood’s football coach Monday, begin interviews in mid-April and make a hire before May.