Bowling Green State University men’s basketball head coach Michael Huger officially announced the appointment of Kevin Noon as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program. Noon served as the Director of Basketball Operations last season for Coach Huger and the Falcons having joined Coach Huger’s staff in May 2015.
“I am excited to announce the promotion of Kevin Noon into the assistant coach position. He is an incredibly bright young coach who embodies the core values we try to instill in our student-athletes. Coach Noon has a proven reputation as a relentless worker and has a bright future in the coaching profession,” commented Huger.
Noon will fill the position that was vacated when Louis Rowe accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater James Madison University back in April.
“I am honored to be named an assistant men’s basketball coach at BGSU. Since arriving in Bowling Green I have loved my time as a Falcon, building relationships in the community and working to better our student-athletes. Coach Huger is a tremendous mentor and I am forever grateful for the opportunity he has given me,” Noon stated. “I am excited to take this next step in my career as we strive to build a championship culture on and off the court. I take great pride in teaching our student-athletes life skills by molding them into high character individuals through the game of basketball, and I look forward to having a larger role in this process.”
In 2015-16, as the Director of Basketball Operations, Noon was in charge of the day-to-day administrative operations, such as scheduling and budget, on campus recruiting and team travel. Noon also served as the director of the Junior Falcons Basketball Camps.
“In his one season as director of operations, I developed a strong trust with him, and we share the same vision for BGSU basketball. In his new role, Coach Noon will have a positive and immediate impact on our student-athletes, both on and off the court. While inheriting the responsibilities of opponent scouting, player development of our guards and off campus recruiting, he will also continue to oversee many important areas of our program such as scheduling and budget. I am thrilled to retain Coach Noon in the position of assistant coach as we continue to build a championship culture,” Huger continued.
In his first year on the staff of Coach Huger in 2015-16, the Falcons posted 16 wins overall on the season. The Falcons also posted a season-high six-game winning streak from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8, which marked the longest winning streak for a BGSU team since the 2008-09 season.
BGSU picked up wins over No. 5 Kent State and No. 4 Central Michigan over the first two rounds of the 2016 MAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.
A total of three players averaged double digit points per game on the year in Spencer Parker (14.0), Zack Denny (10.6) and Wes Alcegaire (10.2), while two players in Ismail Ali (130) and David Joseph (100) each recorded 100 assists or more on the season. Seven different players averaged 20 minutes or more per game on the season, while nine different Falcons on averaged logged double digit minutes on the year.
Senior Spencer Parker earned All-MAC Honorable Mention accolades for the year and became just the 43rd Falcon in BGSU men’s basketball history to record 1,000 career points. Parker was twice named the College Sports Madness Player of the Week (Nov. 30 & Jan. 17) and was also tabbed the YP.com MAC East Division Player of the Week on Jan. 17. Denny was recognized as the College Sports Madness Player of the Week on Dec. 7.
Noon came to Bowling Green after one season as the Director of Basketball Operations at Rider University in 2014-15. A 2012 Rider graduate and former member of the Broncs’ basketball team, Noon ventured back to his alma mater after working at both the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Miami.
In his one year at Rider, the Broncs went 21-12 overall to tie the school record for the most wins in a single season. Rider also went 15-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play to finish in second-place overall in the regular season standings after being picked to place seventh in the preseason poll. The 15 conference wins were the most ever for the Broncs in their 18 seasons in the MAAC. Noon worked under head coach Kevin Baggett, who was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and also worked with Zedric Sadler, who was tabbed the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Senior Matt Lopez was named to the All-MAAC First Team, while junior Teddy Okereafor was named to the All-MAAC Second Team.
“Congratulations to Kevin Noon on being promoted to the assistant coach position at Bowling Green. I’ve had the opportunity to watch him grow as a coach over the past couple of years on my staff at Rider, and at Miami (Fla.) and now at Bowling Green. It is well deserved and I know he will do a fantastic job for Mike in his new position,” said Coach Baggett of Rider University.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Noon served as the Director of Basketball Operations at UMBC in 2013-14 after working as a graduate assistant coach in 2012-13 with the University of Miami Hurricanes, helping that team experience its most successful season ever as both the ACC Regular Season and Tournament Champions. During the 2012-13 season, the Hurricanes were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 as the No. 2 seed in the East Region. The Hurricanes won a school-record 29 games, which included 15 conference victories.
Noon played collegiately at Rider where he walked on to the team as a senior after serving as a team manager for three seasons. Following his senior year, in which he posted the highest GPA in the MAAC, Noon was awarded the Richard H. Bubacz Award for leadership, sportsmanship, and scholarship. He graduated Manga Cum Laude from Rider in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English writing.
Noon is a graduate of Cherry Hill (NJ) High School West, where he won the South Jersey “Unsung hero” Award, serving three years as team captain in basketball while also captaining the varsity baseball and soccer teams.