USA Basketball Certified
2018-2019 Coach of the year – Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association
2018-2019 Coach of the year – Wicked Local South
2018-2019 Co-Coach of the year – South Shore League Tobin Division
Dan is entering his 32nd season as the President of the MT Elite Ducks AAU program. Dan has coached 227 girls Ducks teams to date and is excited to continue coaching more. What makes Dan unique is his ability to adapt his coaching style to fit all different ages and level players from 12th grade college showcase players to 3rd grade regional players and everything in between. Dan has coached over 50 Ducks alums who played or are currently playing college basketball. Dan has led numerous AAU teams to National and State Championships including but not limited to:
2019 7th Grade Division 1 AAU State Champions (Diamond)
2019 10th Grade ZG Battle for the Belt Champions (Diamond)
2018 11th/12th Grade Division 1 AAU State Champions (Onyx)
2018 9th Grade Division 1 ZG Battle for the Belt Champions (Sapphire)
2017 11th Grade ZG Division 2 National Champions (Quartz)
2017 8th Grade Division 1 Battle for the Belt Champions (Sapphire)
2016 9th Grade Division 1 ZG State Champions (Emerald)
2016 8th Grade AAU West Coast Division 1 National Champions (Ruby)
2015 8th Grade AAU Division 2 Classic Bracket National Champions (Emerald)
2015 8th Grade Division 1 ZG State Champions (Emerald)
and many more…
Dan is also entering his sixth season as the girls varsity basketball coach at Abington High School where he helped guide the Green Wave to the South Sectional semi-finals in 2019. Under Dan’s guidance, Abington has won 30 games in two years, including 17 wins in 2018-2019. Before Abington, Dan Norton was the director of basketball operations at the Kingston Sports Center from 2014-2016. Dan also served as the Associate Head Coach at Fitchburg State University (2016-2017). Prior to coaching at Fitchburg, Dan was the assistant varsity and Head JV coach at Pembroke High School (2012-2016), Milton Academy (2011-2012 & 2008-2009) and Fontbonne Academy (2009-2011). Dan also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Anna Maria College (2006-2008).
Dan graduated Summa Cum Laude in Business and Management Information Systems from Anna Maria College with a 3.92 GPA. Dan also served as president of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society at Anna Maria College from 2008-2009. Prior to Anna Maria, Dan graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in 2005 where he played all twelve athletic seasons in basketball, baseball and cross country.
Dan believes in the value of teaching life lessons through sports and believes basketball is the means we use to connect with the kids we coach. While he is widely respected as one of the best skill development and X’s & O’s coaches around, he is even more respected for his empowering players and life development approach. Dan believes his greatest strength as a coach/teacher is the ability to build his players confidence, teach them the value of selflessness and develop their mental toughness via his tough but loving coaching style. Dan is a strong believer that confidence, a selfless approach and mental toughness are the most important factors to success not only in basketball, but more importantly in life.