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BU to honor Norris, Diamond during men’s basketball game on Saturday

Former AD retiring after 21 years; Diamond is first baseball alum to reach Major Leagues

December 2, 2011


BU to honor Norris, Diamond during men’s basketball game on Saturday

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton athletics will honor two of its own during the men’s basketball game Saturday night at the Events Center. Longtime coach and administrator Jim Norris will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on court and also at a postgame reception on the Events Center floor. Former baseball standout and current Major League player Scott Diamond will be on hand for a pregame reception and will be honored at halftime. Diamond also will be available to the media immediately after the basketball game. The Bearcats host Army in a game televised on Time Warner Cable Sports. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Norris is wrapping up a 21-year career with the University and will retire in the coming weeks. A lifelong Binghamton native, Norris enjoyed a noteworthy career as a basketball coach and administrator. During the last two years serving as director of athletics, he reinvigorated the department and provided critical stability and administrative expertise.  Norris brought academic achievement, personal accountability and community volunteerism to the forefront of the athletics department and all the while, was an enthusiastic, positive leader and friend to all. He has more than 30 years of service to New York State, having worked previously for the City of Binghamton and Broome County.

“I have been working with athletic directors for a long time during my career and I have never come across someone as good, effective and strong as Jim Norris,” retiring President C. Peter Magrath said. “He is beloved in the community not just because he is a fine human being but because of how strong of a person and a leader he is.”

Diamond made history last summer when he became the first BU baseball player to reach the pinnacle of the sport. The former left-handed pitching ace Scott Diamond took the mound for the Minnesota Twins against the Cleveland Indians on July 18, 2011. After earning a mid-season call-up from Triple A, Diamond started seven games for the Twins and achieved his first Major League victory with six strong innings against the Chicago White Sox on August 31. Three of his starts came against playoff teams and he pitched into the sixth inning in all but two of his starts. Diamond was a Bearcat from 2005 to 2007 and as an engineering major, was the consummate student-athlete.

“I am extremely proud of Scott ... he deserves all the success he’s had because he has worked so hard,” head coach Tim Sinicki said.  “His steady rise through the minor leagues is a testament to his skill and dedication. The Twins now feel Scott has the ability to be a major league pitcher and we couldn’t be more happy and excited for him.”

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