05 May 2020

Norman Joseph Named As The Bears New Offensive Coordinator

Catholic High School is excited to announce the hiring of Norman Joseph as the new Offensive Coordinator for the football Bears.

Joseph served the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Southeastern University Fire football program. The Southeastern Fire finished the 2019 season ranked 14th nationally (NAIA), was in the top 10 in the country in several offensive categories, set nine offensive school records, and had its quarterback achieve Honorable Mention All-American and conference offensive MVP honors.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the next offensive coordinator at Catholic High School,” said Joseph. “I am looking forward to coaching and teaching at a school with such a rich tradition on the football field and in the classroom. I am excited to work with Coach Fertitta and his coaching staff.”

Joseph is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and played college football at Mississippi State University where he earned Churchman All-American honors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech education from Mississippi State and a master’s degree in education while coaching at Northeast Louisiana.

Joseph has extensive coaching experience in the NCAA and NAIA. His coaching knowledge and history of performance saw stops at Northeast Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Southern Mississippi, Belhaven, San Jose State, Midwestern State, Louisiana College, Mississippi College and most recently Southeastern University.

In addition to his success on the football field, Joseph has served on numerous college coaching boards and committees with the American Football Coaches Association, the NAIA Football Coaches Association, and the Mississippi Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports. He is also an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“Coach Joseph is one of the top offensive minds and play-callers in the game,” said Catholic High Head Coach Gabriel Fertitta. “I was a graduate assistant for Coach Joseph on his first staff at Mississippi College in 2005. The offense that we run at Catholic today is a direct offshoot of the offense I learned from Coach Joe 15 years ago. He will be an outstanding leader and role model for our young men at Catholic High on and off the football field. Those in the coaching community that are familiar with Coach Joseph know that this is a monumental hire for our entire school community.”

CHS Principal Lisa Harvey echoed Fertitta’s praise for Joseph. “I am excited to welcome Coach Norman Joseph to Catholic High School. Coach Joseph brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience on both the high school and college levels and I look forward to the contributions he will make to what is already an outstanding football program. Most importantly, Coach Joseph brings a spirituality and faith perspective that is in keeping with the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. I know that he will serve as a strong role model and mentor to our players and coaches.”

Joseph was honored in 2009 by the American Southwest Conference as the conference Coach of the Year and the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year when he led Mississippi College to the American Southwest Conference Championship, the school’s first title in more than a decade.

While at Northeast Louisiana University as Offensive Coordinator, Joseph’s offense was the first NCAA team in history to produce a 2,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers, and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.

Joseph will be taking over a Catholic High offense that set the school record in points per game (42.5), points in a season (552), and has been to the Louisiana Division l State Title game the past three seasons.

Joseph is married to his wife Jane and they have three adult daughters, Elizabeth, Grace Anne, and Sara Catherine.