University of Arizona head women's soccer coach Tony Amato added Kate Norton as an assistant coach to his staff on Wednesday.
"Kate is an awesome addition to our program," Amato said. "Arizona Soccer is constantly evolving and we have taken another positive step today. When I first joined the Tucson soccer community four years ago, I heard that Kate Norton was really good. As I watched her work for FC Tucson, I saw how valuable she was to the organization. Now that I have had the opportunity to learn more about her, I am even more impressed. She is smart, has good ideas and will be a great advocate for the young women in our program. Kate's experience at the professional level these past two years will help make us better. I am looking forward to the positive impact I know she will make."
Norton is leaving her position as the Director of Operations for the Seattle Sounders to join the Wildcats before they begin their fall season. She was also a coach for the Federal Way Football Club from 2016-2017.
"I am beyond excited to coach at the University of Arizona," Norton said. "I am thrilled to be back in Tucson and working for a great university that holds student-athletes to the highest standards and has great community ties. I cannot wait to begin working with the team and building on the success that is already in place. I want to thank Tony Amato and Paul Nagy for bringing me into the program and making me a part of the Wildcat family."
Prior to working in Seattle, Norton was a major soccer figure in Tucson as she worked as the Camps and Clinics Director for FC Tucson from 2012 to 2016 and was also the FC Tucson Academy Girls' head coach in 2015. Additionally, she was the Director of the Tanque Verde Soccer Club from 2010 to 2016 while also serving as the head coach.
Norton got her coaching career started in 2008 as an assistant coach at Southwestern College until 2010 while also being on staff in the Kansas Olympic Development Program during that time.
During her playing days, Norton was a four-year starter for the Cincinnati Bearcats, where she was named Cincinnati's Freshman of the Year in 2003 and earned the Coaches Award in 2006. She was a defender for the team but still managed to tally four goals and three assists in her time. Professionally, she played for the Michigan Phoenix in the WPSL in 2006 and finished her playing career in the Czech Republic by playing for FC Slovacko in 2007 and 2008.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Penn., Norton lived in Tucson before she moved to Seattle to work with the Sounders. She studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati where she was consistently provided with academic awards. She also earned a masters in Leadership at Southwestern college in 2012.