Mount St. Mary’s most successful girls basketball coach Rory Hamilton is moving on.
Hamilton was officially approved by the Norman Public Schools Board of Directors on Monday as the new Norman North girls basketball coach.
“I live in Norman and have always wanted deep down professionally to coach at that level,” Hamilton said. “I just felt like the timing was right for me and my family, so it was just an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up both professionally in the classroom and on the court.”
Hamilton spent the past seven years with the Rockets, guiding them to a 108-76 record and three straight Class 4A state tournament appearances. The Rockets lost the championship game to Fort Gibson in 2013.
The three state tournament appearances are the only ones in school history.
It’s that kind of success Hamilton is hoping he can bring to Norman North, which has made the state tournament the past two seasons.
“What we’ve done here at Mount St. Mary is a direct correlation of the hard work and commitment of those kids to want to be special,” Hamilton said. “Norman North has started to do those things and I’m excited to be a part of that and to help those kids and those players accomplish their goals like the kids at Mount St. Mary.”
Hamilton, though, said it’s hard to leave the program he helped build after a 1-22 record his first season.
“I put my heart and soul into Mount St. Mary over the last seven years,” he said. “It’s the foundation of the Mount St. Mary community that has helped prepare for this type of opportunity both professionally and spiritually. I just want to go to my new challenge and take all the things I’ve learned at The Mount, how much I’ve grown as a coach and as a person, to try to help Norman North both players and students accomplish their goals as well.”