Coach Clay Norton enters his eighth year at Clinton High School while serving as the Athletic Director (5th year) and Head Boys Basketball Coach (6th Year).
This past season (2015-2016), the Arrow Basketball team finished with a 17-13 record. They qualified for the state tournament advancing to the 1st Round.
In his first two years at Clinton, he coached the ninth-grade boys basketball team at Sumner Hill Junior High School to back-to-back Little Six Championships from 2008-2010.
Before arriving at CHS, Coach Norton spent six seasons as the head coach at Forest Hill High School from 2002-2008, and was the assistant coach for the 2001-02 season. Norton led Forest Hill to a 117-64 record in six seasons, highlighted by a Class 5A State Championship appearance in 2007. Under Norton's leadership, Forest Hill also accomplished two district championships and three South State appearances.
Todd Kelly of The Clarion-Ledger wrote: "Once a perennial contender under legendary coach Shelby Watts, Forest Hill struggled for the most part after Watts left following the 1993-94 season until Norton became the head coach in 2002. Playing against the state's toughest competition in the Capital City, Forest Hill had five straight winning seasons and was ranked in the top 10 for much of Norton's tenure."
In the summer of 2008, Norton was selected to coach the South team in the Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game. He was also selected to coach in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game in 2016. Norton was also chosen as Mississippi Association of Coaches Athletic Director of the year for 2015-2016.
A native of Ripley, MS, Norton holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Belhaven College (1994), a M.Ed. in Mathematics (2001) and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (2009) from Mississippi College, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College (2012).
While in the classroom, Norton was also a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics. In Fall 2010, Norton was published in SEEN (SouthEast Educational Network) magazine. This magazine is a regional publication for educators offering resources, ideas and techniques to help teachers be more effective. Coach Norton's article, entitled "Can you and your students BUYA (Bring up your average)?" He also has a published artifice in NFHS journal dealing with the use of Plyometrics in Basketball.
Clay is married to Heather Norton, counselor at Sumner Hill. They have one daughter, Breana, age 16, student at Clinton High. They live in Clinton. They are members of Morrison Heights Baptist Church.
In his spare time, Norton enjoys playing golf, watching college basketball, math, reading, yard work, crossword puzzles, useful and useless trivia, Christian studies and Christian history, and cooking.
You may reach him by e-mail at [email protected]