Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler announced today the hiring of Norval McKenzie as running backs coach for the Paladins. A Powder Springs, Ga., native, McKenzie was a four-year football letterman for Vanderbilt (2001-04), where he rushed for 1,411 yards in his career. He battled back from a serious leg injury his sophomore year to lead the Commodores in rushing in both 2003 & ‘04.
He was a rare triple major, earning an undergraduate degree in secondary education, political science, and American history. Following graduation he coached for two years at Hiram (Ga.) High School before returning to Vanderbilt as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons. In 2010 he assumed the duties of assistant recruiting coordinator while also helping with player development and coordinating the Gridiron Club for former Commodore letterwinners. McKenzie completed his master’s degree in education at Vanderbilt last year.
McKenzie’s hiring finalizes Furman’s offensive coaching staff assignments. New offensive coordinator Des Kitchings will direct the team’s wide receivers and tight ends while assistant head coach Tim Sorrells will mentor Paladin quarterbacks. Scott Smouse is the offensive line coach. Patrick Shelton, who last year served as an assistant for quality control, will remain in that capacity, according to Fowler.