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Signature Memphis | SEPTEMBER 2019

Photo by Steve Roberts

Mike Norvell

Head Football Coach at University of Memphis

Hometown: Irving, TX

Favorite Songs: “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

Your Lucky Charm: Having my daughter, Mila, come to Tiger Walk before our home games

Your Best Quality: My work ethic

 A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to Dinner: Tom Landry, the original head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Spring festivals

Favorite Place to Travel: Italy

Best Memphis Hangout: Overton Square

First Car You Owned: A white Dodge Ram

Place You Go to Think: Running on a treadmill or walking around the track

Favorite Southern Idiom: “Too big for their britches”

Best Advice You Ever Got: “You only get one chance to make a first impression” and “Make everyday count”

The Highlight of Your Day: Stepping onto the field

Proudest Moments of Your Life: Becoming a husband and father; and becoming the youngest head coach in the nation when I was hired at the University of Memphis

Something You’ll Never Live Down: A picture of me with my hair in cornrows when I was in college

One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: Winning an American Conference Championship