FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – Roosevelt Norfleet knows a thing or two about turning around a program. He was the head coach at Elmhurst in 2003 when the Trojans upset then No. 1 Bishop Dwenger and snapped a state-record 64-game losing streak in the process. Now he’s hoping to do the same at the school where he began his coaching career – South Side.
Norfleet was an assistant with the Archers from 1999-2001 before leaving for the head job at Elmhurst. He returns to a program that hasn’t had a winning season in four years and that is trying to move past a season marred by a brawl with Arsenal Tech that saw several players and coaches suspended. Norfleet says while he has addressed the fight with his players, he is pushing everyone to move past it.
The Archers will enter the 2014 season with a young and largely untested roster. Norfleet says the focus will be internal, improving each day and not being concerned with what other teams will do. It’s that same approach that lead to that historic upset of Bishop Dwenger 11 years ago. The Saints – will be Norfleet’s first test at South Side in the season opener August 22nd.