End of an era, Norman retires at Shelby

When the final bell rang today at Shelby High School it marked the end of an era. After spending over half of his life at the school, Chris Norman retired as a teacher and head football coach.

Norman , a 1977 graduate of Shelby High has spent 24 years there as a football coach, the last 13 as the head coach of one of the top programs in the state. Norman compiled a record of 147-39-1 while leading the Golden Lions state championships in 1998, 2005, and 2006.

"It's been a bittersweet day," Norman said. "It's been tough, very emotional, and at times I've cried like a baby."

He feels though that the program is on solid ground and while it's never easy to walk away from a job, the Shelby tradition should carry on well into the future.

"We've had a good time here," he adds. "This has been a hard decision for me but this was a good time for me to step away and move on."

Norman coached for three years at East Rutherford High School before coming back to Shelby and also coached at Gardner-Webb.

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