Caleb Norkus, once known as “Mr. RailHawk,” will now simply be called “Coach.”
The Raleigh native is now the head boys soccer coach at Green Hope High. It’s the next stop in a career that’s taken him from Sanderson High to UNC-Chapel Hill to other destinations before he joined the Carolina RailHawks in 2007.
Norkus has 14 years of professional playing and coaching experience. He’s played all three positions – forward, midfielder and defender.
He has played and coached in the Carribean since 2012, after his five-year stint with the RailHawks ended. Norkus was most recently a player and assistant coach for Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico.
He is a former All-American at UNC and played in more than 40 international games with the United States’ U20, U18 and U17 teams. At Sanderson, Norkus was the N.C. Gatorade player of the year in 1996 while leading the Spartans to the NCHSAA state title.
He has coached youth teams in the Capital Area Soccer League and at UNC soccer camps.
As part of the inaugural RailHawks team, Norkus earned the nickname “Mr. RailHawk” because of his longevity with the team and the Triangle as well as his commitment to being involved in almost any community outreach and fan development event.
Norkus has had other professional stops in Chile, Belgium and Germany.
Green Hope’s boys soccer teams have been among the most successful in the state. The Falcons have played in three state championship games since 2009 and have won two. Last year’s team won the conference title for the third straight season under its fourth different head coach.
The last time the Falcons were led by someone with RailHawks connections, Richard Huxford led the team to the 2012 NCHSAA state title.