Micah Nori, a former baseball standout at Indiana from 1994-97, is in his first season as the Hoosiers' hitting coach. He also works with the catchers and assists with the infielders.
Nori's familiarity with IU stems back to his father's playing days. Fred Nori suited up for the Hoosiers from 1963-65 and produced a .284 batting average with five home runs and 55 RBI before playing with the New York Mets' organization.
During Micah's stint at Indiana, he was an integral part of the 1996 team that won the Big Ten Tournament, along with head coach Tracy Smith, who was the team's pitching coach. The Big Ten champions advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional, where Nori batted .340 in three games as the Hoosiers won their first NCAA Tournament game in program history.
A mainstay in the middle infield, Nori closed his career with a .305 batting average, 20 home runs, 127 RBI, 116 runs, 35 doubles and 18 stolen bases. His name is still scattered throughout the IU record book, sitting among the top 20 in home runs, RBI, doubles, hits (180), slugging percentage (.483) and extra base hits (60).
In his final campaign, Nori captained the team and led the club with a .365 batting average, 66 hits, 12 home runs, 59 RBI, two triples, 115 total bases and a .635 slugging percentage. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and received the Jake Gimbel Award for outstanding mental attitude.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in sport marketing and management and a minor in business, Nori worked as a graduate assistant under the tutelage of Smith at Miami (Ohio) in 1998. The following season, Nori served as Miami's hitting coach as well as worked with the catchers and infielders. Additionally, Nori began working toward a master's in sport organization, which he has nearly completed.
Upon the completion of the 1999 season with the RedHawks, Nori worked as an advance scout with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Toronto Raptors, where he remained until accepting the Hoosiers' assistant coaching post.
Micah and his wife of three years, Melissa, have a one-year-old son, Danté. His sister, Denaire, was a 1995 Indiana graduate and a women's basketball manager, and his brother, Brady, played under Smith at Miami before graduating in 2000. In addition, Nori's sister, Emi, also graduated from Miami.