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Senior Spotlight | Tyler Norris
K-State's Tyler Norris drives off the 10th tee during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas on October 2, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
May 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are set to build their careers beyond college.
Today's student-athlete Senior Spotlight is on senior Tyler Norris
Sport: Men's Golf
Hometown: Manhattan, Kan.
Bio: A four-time letterwinner with the K-State men's golf team, Norris has seen his fair share of success during his years as a Wildcat both on the golf course and in the classroom.
During the 2013-14 season, he recorded his first First Team Academic All-Big 12 honor. He played in six events during his senior campaign and finished the year with a 77.77 stroke average. He carded one top-20 finish this season after tying for 13th at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate on Oct. 1, at Colbert Hills Golf Course.
PURSUING HIS CAREER
Upon graduation, Norris will head to Kansas City, Mo., where he will work for Lockton, the world's largest privately owned, independent insurance brokerage firm, as an associate account manager.
"I'll be going to an in-house insurance school for them, going through coverage and getting my feet on the ground," explained Norris. "You kind of work on a small book of business, and then after that, you're promoted to an account manager in a unit."
Norris, who is already accustomed to Lockton after spending the summer of 2013 interning with the company, said while he is going to miss his hometown of Manhattan, he is excited to begin the next chapter of his life.
"During my internship over the summer I found that, even though it's in a bigger city, it still kind of has that smaller town feel to it," he said. "Everyone at work was really friendly, so it will be a change, but it's not too far from Manhattan so I'll be back for some football games."
While at K-State, Norris not only competed with the men's golf team, but he has also been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the past three years. This past year, he represented SAAC as its vice president.
"Working with SAAC has helped a lot learning how to be a leader and be in leadership position," Norris explained. "If I happen to get into a leadership position in the workplace, I've already had some experience with that and I'll be a little more comfortable with it."
On what he learned as a K-State student-athlete that he will carry on with him throughout his career, Norris said, "I think probably the biggest thing about being a student-athlete was communication and working with other people. When you're on the golf team, you have 10 other teammates that you're going to practice with and play golf with. It really crates a bond with them. I think it'll be the same thing in the workplace - getting along with your coworkers and just getting the best out of everyone."
Excited and ready to continue working towards his career, Norris is now set to graduate tomorrow afternoon alongside his fellow K-State classmates.
However, as a student-athlete, he can't help but thank his entire Wildcat family for an exciting four years.
"To fans, I would say thanks for being so supportive of all the sports," began Norris. "They come to every game and they're so supportive of Kansas State. Whether that's coming to games, donating money, just everything they do and give, it's a great place to be at.
"Even if I didn't play a sport, I would have wanted to go to K-State. Manhattan is a great town, and I enjoyed both growing up here and going to college here."