When senior Catherine Noack reached 1,000 career points with a step-back 3-pointer on Jan. 11, the Bethlehem native had a familiar face cheering her on. It was someone with many of his own memorable Nelson Field House moments — her father, Glenn, also a 1,000-point scorer for the Huskies.
The Noacks are the only family combination in school history to each reach 1,000 points. Glenn ranks third on the men’s basketball all-time scoring charts with 1,504, including an NCAA Regional title in 1983. Catherine carved her own spot in Huskies history earning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Athlete of the Year honors this season.
While father and daughter now share a place in the record books, they’ve shared a love of basketball much longer.
“We’ve always had a really special relationship and at the core is our love for basketball,” says Glenn Noack ’86, now principal at Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall.
Noack began coaching his daughter when she was in second grade and then through high school on Amateur Athletic Union teams. Catherine’s talent on the basketball court drew attention from Division I teams, but a knee injury in her junior year of high school altered the recruiting process. It was then Catherine began to consider her father’s alma mater and met with Bloomsburg women’s basketball head coach Bill Cleary and assistant coach Diane Decker.
Catherine has helped guide the Huskies on a tremendous four-year run that included a PSAC Championship (the program’s first since 1992), four consecutive seasons of 22 or more victories, including the PSAC East title each of those years, and a spot in this year’s Sweet 16. The 98-23 record the Huskies posted over that span is among the best in the nation.
Reaching 1,000 career points came on a 3-point shot for Catherine, a fitting accomplishment for the player who is second all-time in BU history with 249 treys.
“It makes it much more special because my dad, along with my mom, has been the biggest person involved in my athletic career,” Catherine says. “He’s coached me through my whole life and been there for me the entire time. He’s sometimes brutally honest, but he ia always giving me the best advice.”
While Catherine has made her own memories at Nelson Field House, the trips back to campus to watch her play have been doubly special for her father. “It’s great seeing all the folks who are still around Nelson Field House that were there in the early ’80s,” Glenn says. “It’s like none of us have aged. It’s pretty special.” •
Scott Eddy is assistant sports information director.