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Norman looks to continue family legacy

Faith Norman is still pondering her future. She has plenty of time, only being a sophomore at Weatherford College.

#14 Faith Norman/BasketballBut she’s considering entering the coaching profession. She certainly has had plenty of influence in her life, with the greatest of experiences from which to draw.

“I know several things I don’t want to do,” the Lady Coyotes’ 5-foot-9-inch shooting guard from Canyon said with a laugh. “But yeah, I have thought about coaching. I’ve definitely learned some things from some great people.”

First, her mother is a former basketball coach at Canyon. She coached the junior varsity team at Canyon High School in the system of legendary coach Joe Lombard who has led Canyon to 18 girls state basketball championships.

Faith was a part of two of those titles in her two varsity seasons in 2016 and 2017.

Her uncle is Buzz Williams, head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies men’s basketball team. Her dad coaches tennis at Randall, Canyon’s rival.

“At state, he wore a purple shirt (Canyon’s colors), though,” Faith said with a grin.

And now, she plays for the winningest junior college basketball coach in the nation and another hall of famer, Bob McKinley.

“When you grow up in a family of basketball like that, you’ve got to know what it’s all about,” McKinley said. “She knows basketball, and she’s the hardest worker there is. She’s a straight-A student.

“She’s the kind of person you want your kids to grow up to be like. She does everything you’re supposed to do to be successful.”

Faith was, in fact, a member of the NJCAA All-Academic Student selections this past season.

McKinley’s connection to Faith goes deeper than her currently playing for him. Her grandfather, Hal Ratliff, was his roommate when the two played for TCU years ago.

“We played in two all-star games together and became friends,” McKinley recalled. “He called me and told me about her when she was a senior. I was impressed right away and wanted her on our team.”

Faith said her grandfather continues to come to watch her play, even though it’s about a six-hour drive for him.

“He’s so excited I came here, and I knew he would be,” she said.

With a roster featuring many freshmen, Faith knows she has to be a leader on the Lady Coyotes this season. She draws from her experience playing for Lombard and McKinley to help her succeed, not just on the court, but in life in general.

“I am proud to be a part of that great tradition at Canyon, and I would love to help add to the tradition that is here at Weatherford,” she said. “I’m really blessed that I have experienced all that I have through basketball.”