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Bishop Noll announces alum as new basketball coach

HAMMOND, Ind. (May 4, 2024) – Bishop Noll Institute’s next boys basketball head coach has been selected from within the Warrior family.

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Ryan Schooler is Bishop Noll’s next boys basketball head coach. (Photo provided)

Ryan Schooler, a 2006 BNI graduate and four-year varsity player while at Noll, has been hired to succeed John Dodson, Noll Athletic Director Cynthia Wilson announced. An assistant coach this past year, Schooler played a significant role in helping Dodson’s Warriors post a 20-8 record that included conference and sectional championships.

Dodson resigned after the season, his fourth as head coach.

“Being named the varsity basketball coach at Bishop Noll is a dream come true,” Schooler, 37 of Munster, said. “I can’t wait to get started and help grow the momentum that has clearly been established. The outpouring of love and support I continually receive will forever be a source of pride and inspiration for me.”

Schooler was chosen from a pool of numerous applicants for the position.

“We are excited to have Ryan take the reins of the program after seeing the way he invested himself as an assistant coach this past year,” BNI Principal Lorenza Jara Pastrick said. “His work ethic and team focus showed how invested he truly is in the development and growth of our young student-athletes on and off the court, and his desire for the program and its members to achieve success in all facets.”

A shooting guard who set BNI season and career records for three-point baskets, Schooler was a member of Bishop Noll’s 2004 sectional championship team under Coach Ed Fierek. He went on to play at Lincoln College in Illinois, and earned a degree in applied science. He subsequently studied management at Purdue University Calumet. Since 2007, he coached basketball at the AAU, CYO and town youth league levels before coaching at Bishop Noll last year.

“I was welcomed onto Coach Dodson’s staff and, from Day 1, was granted an immediate voice in day-to-day operations and game decisions,” said Schooler, who also owns a landscaping business serving the Region. “That experience will prove to be extremely valuable to me moving forward.

“I will work tirelessly to cultivate and maintain a winning culture; help to develop players physically, academically and spiritually; and give our team and our players an advantage through advance scouting, game planning and program development.”

Bishop Noll Institute is located at 1519 Hoffman Street in Hammond, Indiana.

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Bishop Noll Institute
Bishop Noll Institute has been providing students a college preparatory experience grounded in Catholic values since 1921. Based in Hammond, Indiana, the high school serves families throughout northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois.


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