Head Coach, General Manager
Experience: 1st with Storm, 5th overall
USHL regular season record: 126-99-19
USHL Clark Cup Playoffs record: 9-10
Birthdate: Feb. 11, 1983
Hometown: Chicago, IL
The Tri-City Storm hired Anthony Noreen as its eighth Head Coach and General Manager in May 2017. The 34-year-old came to Kearney after head coaching the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) for two seasons and Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) for four seasons. Noreen was named 2015 USHL Coach of the Year.
Noreen on the Storm: “My passion lies in developing young men to have a chance to achieve their hockey goals and be the type of people the whole community can be proud of. I cannot wait to get to work to help provide the Tri-City area with a team that they will be proud of both on and off the ice.”
Storm owner Kirk Brooks on Noreen: “We are excited to have a coach of Anthony’s caliber in Tri-City. He has a proven track record for both winning and developing players at the USHL level.”
The Chicago, IL native first became a Head Coach in 2011 with Youngstown and made the Clark Cup Playoffs in three of his four seasons (overall regular season record of 117-99-19). In his last season there, the Phantoms won the Anderson Cup and Noreen was named USHL Coach of the Year. The Phantoms won a Tier 1 USHL record 17 straight games. Under Noreen's watch, four Phantoms were drafted into the NHL, including 2015 USHL Player of the Year and NHL first-round selection Kyle Connor.
Following the 2014-15 season, he was hired for his first professional head coaching position with the Orlando Solar Bears. In just under two seasons, Noreen guided the Solar Bears to a winning record of 38-35-5-5.
Noreen's roots lie in NCAA and junior hockey. He started his coaching career in 2007 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Noreen coached at NCAA Division III institution from 2007-10 and played 86 games as a forward from 2003-07. Prior to joining the school, Noreen skated for the NAHL's Springfield Jr. Blues and scored four goals and 12 points in 84 contests.
Noreen replaced Bill Muckalt, who left Tri-City to become Associate Head Coach at Michigan.