Ebenezer Noonoo is entering his fifth season as assistant coach at Illinois Tech. His endlessly enthusiastic and positive approach on and off the court creates change and supports program goals in everything he touches. His wide-ranging responsibilities include recruiting, player development of post players, team defense, and leading the strength and conditioning program for the Scarlet Hawks.
Since joining the Illinois Tech staff, Noonoo has played a key role in helping the Scarlet Hawks turn the team around from its 2-23 record in his first year to its triumphant 22-6 campaign in the 2016-17 season, which was capped by an appearance in the USCAA National Championship Game. The 2016-17 season was a historic one for Illinois Tech as Noonoo assisted the Scarlett Hawks to a school record for wins, while the team also went a perfect 11-0 at home in the Keating Sports Center. In the past two seasons, Noonoo has assisted the Scarlet Hawks to a 42-13 record. The last two campaigns have included two straight USCAA Tournament appearances and several school records. Noonoo’s work with the Illinois Tech’s post players was evident in the development of Samuel Rarick, who graduated in 2017 as the new all-time leading scorer for the program and named USCAA All-American. His work with Max Hisatake and Jake Digiorgio paid dividends in the 2017-2018 season, as both averaged double-doubles and were named USCAA All-Americans.
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 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.
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.
Noonoo currently works as a Private Wealth Banking Specialist for US Trust. He and his two sons Micah and Noah reside in Chicago.