“I was informed last week that I’m not going to get the job and I’m no longer in the running,” Norton said.
RSHS Athletic Director Hal Shuler confirmed Norton was no longer a candidate for the permanent position to replace David Lee who resigned in November to return to West Stanly.
“He’s still a teacher, he teaches Math here and still a member of the football staff,” Shuler said about Norton’s status with the high school.
Norton was named as the interim coach and led the Raiders to a 15-9 record and the first round of the 4-A state playoffs.
Norton was slated to coach Richmond’s senior entry in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer Baseball League, but decided to relinquish the post after learning his status for the head coaching position.
“I chose not to be the summer league coach and Kevin Wallace is now running the team,” Norton said.
After serving as an assistant coach under Lee for his two seasons, Norton is unsure about his future with the baseball program.
“As of right now, I don’t know what is going to happen,” Norton said. “I don’t know who the new coach is going to be and who he is going to have on his staff. I just have to see how things unfold from here on.”
Shuler said the school is close to finalizing an agreement with a candidate for the head coaching position.
“We’re close, we’re not totally there yet,” Shuler said. “We’ve gone through the interviews, second interviews and we are waiting on some information from the applicant.”
Shuler added he is unable to reveal the name of the replacement for Lee until the next Richmond School Board meeting on June 30.
“We don’t have any comment (on the name of the candidate) until we give the name to the board on the 30th,” Shuler said. “Dr. (George) Norris will not let us give a name until then.”
A source close to the RSHS Athletic Department said Lee will not return to the Raider dugout next season.