Coach Noonan earned his M.S. in Kinesiology in 2004 from Texas A&M University of Kingsville, Texas and his B.A. in English in 2000 from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He began his career in higher education at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he earned his AA in 1998. Ben’s coaching experience is impressive—at age 26 he was offensive coordinator at West Texas A&M (NCAA Div. II) for a football team ranked #10 in the nation. His offense set several school records during his tenure there.
After two years at West Texas he left for Baylor University (NCAA Div. I), where as a graduate assistant he served as the Quarterbacks coach; he moved to Alabama State University (NCAA Div. IAA) following that to serve as their Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach for one year.
From 2009-2012 he served as Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Physical Education Instructor at Citrus College. During his four years as the offensive coordinator there, Noonan’s quarterbacks set school records for yards, completions and touchdowns.
Under his direction in 2013, Sierra’s football team enjoyed its first winning season since 2009, earning a bowl berth in the San Francisco Community College Bowl. Sierra players garnered several awards including 10 All-Conference, 4 All-Region, and 3 All-State selections. Sierra Football also produced during its 2013 season the Valley Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player. Fifty percent of Wolverine Football sophomores last year will transfer to 4-year universities, and under Ben’s leadership Sierra’s football student athletes have been involved in several community service projects.
Coach Noonan is as passionate and competitive about his students’ academics as he is about their performance as athletes. He has vowed to increase both his team’s GPA and the team transfer rate each year, and cites “academic excellence” at the top of his list of objectives he seeks to instill in his students and student athletes.
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