KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) Board of Directors has removed "Interim" from his title and appointed Frank Noonan as the Executive Director. Noonan will be responsible for leading KOHA towards its vision by implementing long-term strategies and quality goals in collaboration with the Board of Directors, staff, membership, and the hockey community in southwest Michigan.
While continuing the operations leadership and management of the organization, Noonan will remain as the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) Representative for KOHA as well as the League Commissioner of the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL).
"I have been involved with KOHA in some capacity for over 25 years. I have been a parent volunteer, a team manager, board member, and staffer. I am excited to continue moving KOHA toward its vision of being a destination for youth hockey. We have such exciting things going on, and terrific development partners helping to provide an unparalleled experience for our membership," said Noonan.
Noonan became involved with KOHA as a parent and volunteer when his two boys began playing hockey in 1993. After 30 years in the banking industry he retired and began as the General Manager of Twin Star Ice Arena which was eventually purchased and is now Wings West. Once his boys' finished their KOHA hockey careers he joined KOHA as a staff member (2006), while his younger son, Bryan, continued to play AAA and then went on to play for Portage Northern High School. His older son, Chris, received a Division 1 scholarship and played for Niagara University. Noonan's commitment to youth hockey in southwest Michigan, and Kalamazoo specifically, is unparalleled.
KOHA is a 501(c)(3) established in 1965. KOHA's mission is to provide every boy and girl in southwest Michigan the opportunity to enjoy and excel at the game of hockey. KOHA's vision is to be a regional destination and national leader for youth hockey through its community partnerships and elite development opportunities.