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Familiar territory for new South Side coach

Roosevelt Norfleet is headed back to the old neighborhood as the new football coach at South Side.

The Northrop graduate grew up in the area around South Side and had brothers who went to the school.

“I grew up in that neighborhood as those types of kids in that area of the city,” he said.

His first job after college was as an assistant coach at South Side from 1999-2001.

“It is kind of close to home a little bit. Coaching those kids, I grew to love it.”

He left South Side to be the head coach at Elmhurst, where he was 4-36 in four years from 2002-2005 and helped the program end a state-record 64-game losing streak in 2003.

After Elmhurst, he spent a couple years as an assistant football coach at Northrop and an assistant basketball coach at Bishop Luers.

“I am little bit firmer when it comes to my actions when it comes to student discipline, and I know more about the game of life, and how it relates to the football aspect,” Norfleet said about how he has changed since coaching at Elmhurst.

Norfleet replaces Eddie Fields (10-21, three years) at South Side.

Norfleet said he wants to get more kids into the weight room, especially those not involved in another sport. In his first day with the Archers, there were eight players who showed up in the weight room.

“We have to get the numbers up,” Norfleet said. “We have to build it up.”

Norfleet takes over a South Side team that was 3-7 last year and involved in a third-quarter fight at Indianapolis Tech that resulted in a double forfeit and coaches and players were suspended.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.