Basketball

Brendan Noonan

Toronto-born Brendan Noonan’s first season with the Mustangs set the stage of the rest of his basketball-playing career. He joined the team as a rookie in the 1990-91 Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) championship season. Playing alongside well-known and notable players like John Stiefelmeyer, helped to get Noonan off on the right foot. 

Though he was the shortest player on the team at only 5’10” and suffered some back problems in his later seasons, Noonan was always praised for being an amazing player who held the team together. As their captain for three seasons (1992- 94 and 1996-97), he was seen as the “heart and soul” of the team.  

In the 1994-95 season he took some time off as a player to actually work as the Cage Mustangs' assistant coach. This helped him to get to know the workings of the team even more. He also took the next year off from playing to obtain his teaching degree in Australia, but upon his return took over once more as the Mustang’s captain for his final year. 

Brendan Noonan, 1993-1994

Brendan Noonan during his third season in 1993-94.  

Over the course of his five seasons as a player on the team Noonan was praised in various ways for his hard work on the court. He was on the Ontario University Athletics Association West All-Star team and received Western’s Bob Gage Award for Most Valuable Player three times, in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Noonan’s one disappointment before he retired from playing was being unable to make it to the nationals in the 1996-97 season. Even still, he is always remembered as a selfless and enthusiastic player who had an extremely impressive career with the team.

Brendan Noonan's signature (close up)

Brendan Noonan's signature on the signed basketball after the team's CIAU win in 1991.