FORT WAYNE – South Side has hired ex-Elmhurst coach Roosevelt Norfleet as its new football coach, athletic director Tim Burton confirmed Saturday.
We think (Norfleet) will not only be a fine coach but a good role model for our student athletes, Burton wrote in a text message.
Norfleet was 4-36 in four seasons with the Trojans from 2002-05.
His biggest accomplishment was a 2003 Elmhurst win over then-Class 4A No. 1 Bishop Dwenger that broke a 64-game losing streak, the longest in state history.
Since he stepped down at Elmhurst, Norfleet has been an assistant football coach at Northrop, his alma mater, and an assistant boys basketball coach at Bishop Luers. Elmhurst closed in 2010.
Before taking over the Elmhurst program, Norfleet was an assistant coach at South Side.
Norfleet was a standout quarterback at Northrop under coach Dean Doerffler, the current athletic director and former football coach at Concordia.
Norfleet will replace Eddie Fields, who resigned after the season.
Fields was 10-21 in three years with the Archers, with the 2013 season marred by a game cut short because of a fight at Indianapolis Tech on Sept. 27. South Side (3-7 last year) got into an altercation in the third quarter, and the game was stopped. It resulted in a double forfeit.
Both schools were put on probation and both head coaches, Fields and Tech’s Emil Ekiyor, were suspended for one game. Ekiyor also resigned after the season.
An assistant coach for both teams was suspended the rest of the year and several players were also suspended one game, nine for Tech and two for South Side.
Fields was one of three SAC coaches who stepped down at the end of the season, joining Tim Martone at Northrop and Robert Brown at Wayne.
Jason Doerffler, Dean Doerffler’s son, was hired at Northrop, with Wayne yet to announce a new coach.
Norfleet was unavailable for comment.