College coaching moves: Nate Norman promoted to Notre Dame women's head coach

Nate Norman, a Notre Dame women’s assistant coach, had been promoted to the head coach of Irish women's program.

Norman, who played on the Notre Dame men's team, had been a head women’s coach at Western Michigan and Liberty before moving back to South Bend in 2017.

“Being named head coach at your alma mater, especially at a place that did so much for me, is certainly a dream come true,” says Norman. “It's always been my dream job to come back and coach here, and I'm so humbled and excited to have this opportunity to serve this program, serve these players and serve this school. It's a wonderful platform to be able to make a huge impact and also be impacted by others. This program has a tremendous tradition and history of success, and I look forward to finding new ways to engage all those who have been a part of that elite level of achievement."

Norman was taken with the No. 21 pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago. He played two years in the USL while starting out as a college assistant coach.

Theresa Romagnolo stepped down as Notre Dame's women’s head coach in January after leading the Irish to four NCAA Tournament appearances in four seasons. Romagnolo, who replaced Randy Waldrum, announced in her resignation that she made the move in order to spend more time with her family.

Both Notre Dame head coaching jobs changed hands in the offseason. Chad Riley replaced the retiring Bobby Clark as the men's coach

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