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Next rung on coaching ladder thrills Solar Bears' Anthony Noreen

Next rung on coaching ladder thrills Solar Bears' Anthony Noreen

Since the first time he put on skates when he was 3 years old, Anthony Noreen has been a coach-in-waiting. The youngest of Rich and Toni Noreen's three children from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago always considered the rink a second home. He joined his first team at 5 years old, and not long after his first shift on the ice, he began to come of age as a future coach. The influence of his father, a retired hockey coach, certainly helped, as did reading biographies on sports icons named Wooden, Lombardi and others. Eight years after Noreen joined his first staff, the former Wisconsin-Stevens Point defenseman has moved from one of the nation's top junior hockey leagues to...

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