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Noonan returns home as new Bromfield boys basketball coach

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HARVARD — Charlie Noonan has spent the last four years rebuilding the Ayer girls basketball program, but he is ready to undertake a new challenge after being named the boys varsity basketball coach at the Bromfield School.

“I have an opportunity to try something different at a school I am very familiar with,” said Noonan, who resides in Harvard. “Departing coach Scott Hoffman is a good friend and he has done a wonderful job with this program. Under Scott’s leadership the program did some great things, including making it to a state final game.”

Noonan’s two sons, Dan and Brendan, were cornerstones of the Bromfield boys basketball program. Dan was a varsity player for five seasons while Brendan played for three years.

“My sons really had a good all-around experience at Bromfield,” said Noonan. “The teachers are outstanding, there is a great atmosphere and everything is positive. This is a great opportunity for me to be involved with a good program and an outstanding school.”

While he is looking forward to his new venue, leaving the Ayer girls program wasn’t easy.

“It was a very difficult decision,” said Noonan. “We built the program from a 3-17 record and I had a tremendous relationship with the kids. I liked it over there and it was hard to tell the two seniors – Shannon Schwartz and Julie Scunziano, that I wasn’t coming back.”

Noonan has been heavily involved with Bromfield and Harvard sports over the years and has been a resident of the town for 15 years.

“I was president of HAA for ten years and basketball commissioner for six years,” he said. “I have been a middle school coach, a junior varsity coach and an assistant varsity coach at Bromfield.”

Noonan is encouraged by the enthusiasm in place at Bromfield.

“We had a couple of meetings and I was very happy with the interest the kids showed,” he said. “I know the kids and the families and we have already selected the captains for next year’s team in Josh Lyvers, Ben Brown and Brian Morgan.”

Noonan has already been busy watching both the present and the future in action.

“The kids are busy playing in the summer league,” he said. “I want to keep my eye on them as well as the younger kids. I have talked to the middle school coaches and I will help to evaluate the players. It is important that I stay in touch with the feeder system.

“I was looking to coach boys sometime during my career,” added Noonan. “My goal is to give Bromfield a minimum of a five-year commitment. I just think this is the right time for this move.”

“Charlie brings commitment, organization and inspiration with him,” said Bromfield athletic director Pam Alexander. “He is a good role model for the kids and has a passion for the game. He is very impressive and is someone who is willing to try different approaches to get the best result.”

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