Norton was captain of the football, basketball and tennis teams while he attended Central High School in Minneapolis (class of 1921). He coached the Minneapolis Globe Trotters basketball team in the 1920s. In 1925, he was named the coach of the basketball team at Ripon College. He was also an assistant coach to Carl Doehling on Ripon's football team. Norton also played on the Minneapolis Whiz Bangs basketball team (also serving as captain), a basketball team from Appleton, Wisconsin, a football team from Ironwood, Michigan, and the Muscatine Muskies basketball team.