Norm Van Lier
(1947 - 2009)

Norm Van Lier

April 1, 1947

February 26, 2009

Norm was a terrific athlete and a great role model. He will be missed by many.

Norman Van Lier was born on April 1, 1947 in East Liverpool, Ohio, and then was raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Midland, Pennsylvania.

Van Lier was a part of one of the greatest high school basketball teams of all time, that being the Midland Leopards of 1965, who finished undefeated at 28-0 and breezed to the Pennsylvania State Championship with ease. One of Van Lier's teammates was future NBA player Simmie Hill.

Van Lier was also a co-captain of the Midland High School football team, playing both quarterback and safety. He was recruited to play for several colleges but none of those coaches would agree to allow him to play his desired position of quarterback back then. Van Lier had also received offers to play professional baseball, having starred on both his high school and county all-star teams.

On June 21, 2008, he was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

“Western Pennsylvania is football country, but my years are considered the golden era of basketball not only in the state but maybe the country,” said Van Lier that night. “Uniontown, Midland, Schenley and Ambridge could play with anybody, anytime and in any era in the country.

Van Lier was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and the band Chicago. He served as a special disc jockey on the Chicago rock music station 97.9 WLUP.

From 1992 to 2009, Van Lier was a television pre-game and post-game analyst for Chicago Bulls games. He frequently appeared on other Chicago television programs to discuss the Bulls, and at one point co-hosted a sports talk radio show.

In 2002 he had a supporting role in the movie Barbershop.

In 1989, he was the assistant coach of the Worcester Counts in the World Basketball League.

Norm Van Lier died on February 26, 2009 after he was found unresponsive in his apartment on Chicago's Near West Side. Rest in Peace Norm, you left a great legacy for the city of Chicago and all of your fans.

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I will miss you on Comcast, you were truly a class act. When my brother played high school basketball his coach called him Stormin Norman after you. He tried to emulate your game. We love you Norm, but God loves you more. Gone but never forgotten.
Deborah Norman (Fan)
March 3rd, 2009
May God give you all the pleasures of heaven that you gave us students (frankies) that went to class with you and proudly attended your great basketball games. I have lived 44 years since first meeting you and will always remember the good times all had with your presence.
March 2nd, 2009
Condolences to the family. The hustle and fight Norm gave all the time was
inspiring. Hope Norm new he was appreciated.
Mickey Hornick (fan)
February 28th, 2009
I loved your passion and your love for the game. RIP Stormin' Norman.
Kevin Ehle (Fan)
February 27th, 2009
Norm, I loved to watch you play. Rest in peace.
Chuck Donahoe (fan)
February 27th, 2009
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"Miss you Norm,even tho I never got to meet I'm glad a member of my family was able to work with you on Comcast."
September 12th, 2012
"R.I.P. You gave us 61 yrs. of INTENSITY!!!"
Lonnel Robinson
February 27th, 2009
"Norm, I met you once in a restaurant, and you were so nice to your fans. I instantly became a in peace!"
Polly Jackson
February 27th, 2009


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