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St. Teresa's Tom Noonan resigns as boys basketball coach; will join Millikin staff

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St Teresa head coach Tom Noonan calls a play against Warrensburg-Latham February. Noonan resigned his position on Tuesday.

DECATUR — St. Teresa boys basketball coach Tom Noonan has resigned his position after 11 seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs. Noonan recently accepted a position as assistant coach for the Millikin men's basketball program and he will remain on St. Teresa staff as a social studies teacher. 

"St. Teresa is a special place for me. I've been on staff here for 17 years. I was 19 when I jumped on board with the coaching staff in the basketball program at St. T and I have a lot of emotions leaving that," Noonan said. "We had an absolutely great run at St. Teresa and my assistants have been unbelievable at St. T. I'm excited for the next adventure for my family."

Noonan will join the staff of new men's head basketball coach Kramer Soderberg, who was hired in April following former head coach Mark Scherer's resignation. Soderberg has been on the Millikin staff since 2015, serving as the program’s top assistant coach.

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"(Kramer) and I went back and forth, mostly through text messages over the past few years. He recruited a couple of guys who were in our conference and in our program," Noonan said. "He was in our gym for a couple of workouts and we have developed a friendship through that.

"This is a great opportunity and can't wait to get working with Coach Soderberg. I'm thankful for him giving me this opportunity." 

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St. Teresa head coach Tom Noonan calls out a play against Mount Pulaski in 2018. Noonan resigned his position on Tuesday. 

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Noonan coached at St. Teresa for 17 seasons, with the last 11 as head coach. As head coach, he had an overall record of 205-92 and won five conference championships, two regional championships, one sectional title, one super-sectional title, and coached the 2015 state runner-up team. Noonan was named as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year for District 15 in 2015 and 2018.

“It’s been my pleasure to watch Coach Noonan go from being a volunteer assistant for me in 2004 to becoming one of the best coaches in the area,"  St. Teresa athletic director Todd Vohland said. "I’m excited for him as he chases one of his goals to be a college coach.” 

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St. Teresa head coach Tom Noonan guided the Bulldogs to their first regional championship since the 2014-15 season in 2018. Noonan resigned his position as coach on Tuesday. 

Noonan has had the goal of coaching in college since his first days in coaching and he looks forward to the challenges that the collegiate game will bring. 

"When I took over at St. Teresa I had in my mind that one of my future goals was to coach in college. My goal is to coach in an NCAA Tournament so that first step is do our best to get Millikin in that tournament," Noonan said. "Whatever the opportunities that come after that we will go with. This is a great opportunity to get that foot in the door. 

"The No. 1 challenge is going to be recruiting. There is a lot more time commitment, not only of your current roster but the recruitment of future prospects. The next thing is understanding the pace of the game. The implementation of the shot clock and the different rules. I'm excited for that opportunity to grow."

St. Teresa will begin looking for a head boys basketball coach as soon as possible. St. Teresa currently has teaching openings in English, special education and guidance. Interested applicants should contact Daly or Vohland.

Contact Matthew Flaten at (217) 421-6968. Follow him on Twitter: @MattFlaten


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