Endlessly enthusiastic and positive in approach on and off the court, Ebeneezer Noonoo is an assistant coach who creates change and supports program goals in everything he touches. Noonoo is entering his fifth season as an Assistant Coach for the Scarlet Hawks men’s basketball program. His wide-ranging responsibilities include recruiting, on-floor coaching, player development of the post players, team defense, and leading the strength and conditioning program for the Scarlet Hawks.
In just three seasons, Noonoo’s successful multi-tasking abilities have played a critical role in turning the team around from its 2-23 record in his first year to its triumphant 22-6 campaign in the 2016-17 season that was capped by an appearance in the USCAA National Championship Game. A native of Chicago, Noonoo was a four year Division I basketball player at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also graduated with a bachelors in Economics.
Prior to Illinois Tech, Noonoo began his career off the court as a Player Liaison, recruiting professional basketball players for a Chicago-based sports agency. A year later, he joined a Chicago Public School as an Athletic Director and Head Basketball coach. In 2011, he moved on to become the Head Coach for a Barrington Youth Program, where he also handled all the day-to-day logistics for the year-round program for 150 kids. In 2012, he moved to Dubai to become General Manager and Head Coach at MPAC Sports - a program designed to teach high-level basketball to the Middle East + North Africa region (MENA). In his stint there, Noonoo was responsible for managing 50 sports academies in four cities, hiring coaches for each, designing the training programs used system-wide, and overseeing the logistics of mentoring 2,500 young players a week through MPAC. He also coached the highest level elite players in the region. The crowning achievement of his time in Dubai came in the summer of 2014, when he created and produced a global basketball tournament hosted by MPAC that saw four top-ranked American high school teams, including Chicago’s Simeon Academy, travel to Dubai to compete against the best the UAE had to offer.
Noonoo puts his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics to good use as a Private Wealth Banking Specialist for US Trust. He and his wife, Yaminah, have two sons (3-year old Micah and 2-year old Noah) The family resides in Chicago.