Norton Team

Meet The Team

The Norton Performance Team has experience from the top sports science and training facilities in the country. Combining all their skills and knowledge they are able to take the best philosophies from their experience and use that to develop a growing and adapting strategy to help athletes perform at their best. By tracking and testing all of our athletes we design the optimal program for the athlete to increase in performance and health.

Ricky Norton

Ricky Norton is P3 trained. He has a great understanding of rotational Bio-mechanics and training of the rotational sport athlete, such as baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, and quarterbacks. He also has great understanding on how to enhance the vertical jump, sprinting speed, and overall athleticism of the athlete. This unique training has brought tremendous results in every athlete he has trained.

As a player, and professional, Ricky's work ethic is second to none. At Timpanogos High School, Ricky helped lead his baseball team to two State Championship wins in 2004 and 2005. He was also honored as MVP of the 4A State Tournament All-Star Game. He went on to play short-stop and pitch at Palomar College in San Diego, Ca. The Palomar baseball team was ranked #1 in Southern California and 6th in the nation. After Palomar College, Ricky went on to play at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO, where the team ranked 11th in the nation for NAIA baseball.

While in California as a player, Ricky was trained by Dr. Marcus Elliott, Harvard M.D., and trained along-side many professional baseball, tennis, basketball, and lacrosse players at Peak Performance Project (P3) in Santa Barbara, Ca. During that time Ricky went from throwing 82 MPH to 92 MPH in less than a year's time. Ricky earned his Bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He also spent the fall of 2012 training all of Utah State University athletic teams as an assistant strength coach.

Ricky returns to P3 a few times each year for continued education. He also seeks out to learn from the best and brightest coaches around the world.

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Alex Neff

Alex Neff grew up playing club soccer in the state of Utah and received the TOSH Utah Youth Soccer Association Player of the Year Award. After one year at BYU, transferred to Utah Valley University where he became the most decorated Soccer Player at UVU (Division I). Alex was a 3 year captain with 3 straight All- Conference First Team honors, NSCAA All-West Region Team for 3 straight years, and 3 time Academic All- Conference, along with playing in the NCAA tournament and winning the Western Athletic Conference.

He received Scholar All America Second Team Honors, Academic All-District First Team honors, and was a National Finalist for Senior Class Award. Alex reached the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with Seacoast United in the Premier Development League. Graduated from Utah Valley University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

Alex has experience training soccer players and athletes of all stature. He has trained under multiple high level Sports Performance Coaches. His determination drives him to get the best results out of any athlete he comes in contact with. He has a great understanding for sprinting dynamics, changing of direction, explosiveness and sports nutritional recommendations.


After having an all-state high school season in Arizona, Neil put his hat in the ring as a BYU baseball walk-on contender. He subsequently played 3 years as a Starting Pitcher on the BYU staff. Collecting accolades such as National Pitcher of the Week and Second-Team All-Mountain West Conference. In June of 2011, Neil was drafted by the Miami Marlins. He quickly worked his way up the ranks of the minor leagues, reaching AA in his first full season, and AAA in his second. Neil spent 2013-2016 playing for different organizations at the AAA level. In July of 2016, Neil decided to retire at age 29 to raise his family and pursue an opportunity of Software Development.

Coaching Experience:

While at BYU Neil majored in Exercise Sciences and graduated in 2012 with his Bachelors Degree. In his first few off-seasons he worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Pitching Coach for two different Colleges in the Redding, CA area. In 2014 Neil suffered an injury that cause him to miss the second half of the season. However, this set back afforded him the opportunity to become a Coach at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, FL.

While there he helped assess and train some of the best MLB players in the game. Along with several high profile college and high school athletes in a wide range of sports. With this experience, Neil has gained an eye and mentality to properly asses the athletes that come into Norton Performance.

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Brian Zettler

Brian Zettler is currently in his 12th season in professional basketball and fifth as the assistant athletic trainer/equipment manager for the Utah Jazz. Zettler’s responsibilities include assisting with prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of player health matters and managing the Jazz equipment. He also assists with the Jazz strength and conditioning programs.

Zettler came to the Jazz after spending three seasons as the head athletic trainer with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League, where he served as Vice President of the Arena Football Physician and Trainers Association (AFPATA). In addition to working with the Desperados, he spent three seasons assisting the Dallas Cowboys athletic training department which won NFL/PFATS athletic training staff of the year award in 2002. He also worked with the Dallas Mavericks athletic training staff from the 1997-98 season through his departure to Utah.

Prior to joining the Desperados, Zettler spent three years as the head athletic trainer at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, where he founded the school’s sports medicine program. He has also been an invited athletic trainer for several NBA Pre-Draft Camps, and volunteered for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo. where he helped manage health care for several sports and individual medalists from the 2008 Beijing Games.  He recently created a personally-funded scholarship that is available to college bound students that demonstrate excellence in sports, in the classroom and in the community of his hometown.

Mike Mann
Sports Performance Specialist

Mike joins us at Norton Performance after two years with the Florida Gators as their volunteer assistant coach for the 2017 & 2018 seasons. While on staff the Gators notched 2 SEC Titles and took second place in the 2018 NCAA National Tournament.

While at the University of Florida, Mike completed a Masters Degree from the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, focusing his research in athlete visual behavior and performance analysis, Sport Psychology and Neuroscience. 

Relocating to Utah came at the decision to work with the Norton Performance team and venture in a startup company, Python Optics, that offers eye-tracking behavior analysis, sport I.Q. development programs and all-skill volleyball training.

Mike began playing volleyball in 2001 in Southern California playing middle and opposite. His stops include:

University of Mount Olive: 2014-2016
U.S. Armed Forces Team: 2012 & 2013
U.S. Army Team: 2012 & 2013
Grossmont College: 2008
UVU Men’s Club: 2004-2006
Seaside San Diego VB club: 2001-2003


2016 Mount Olive MVP, Top 15 Athlete and All Conference Carolina Third Team
2013 U.S. Open Division A – All Tournament Team
2008 All Avocado First Team Player