HAMMOND | Bishop Noll Institute (BNI) is bringing back its ice hockey program for the 2014-15 school year, Principal Craig Stafford announced today.
Stafford said Rich Sobilo, a Bishop Noll alumnus (Class of 1983) who played hockey at Noll and at the University of Notre Dame, will return as the Warriors’ head coach. Sobilo also is BNI’s head softball coach and was an assistant coach on the school’s 1989 state championship football team.
“We’re excited to bring back Bishop Noll Hockey and give our students the chance to play the game again,” said Sobilo, a multisport standout while at Noll and the school’s head hockey coach from 1989 through 2002, when the team was last active. “We have a great hockey tradition, and we’re looking forward to reviving it.”
An informational meeting for prospective BNI hockey players and their families will be held Wednesday, March 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., in St. John. Information on the hockey team and the Bishop Noll admissions process will be available. Priority for spots on the team roster will go to students registered at Bishop Noll for the 2014-15 school year.
“We are looking forward to re-establishing a program that granted us many successful student-athletes,” Stafford said. “Bishop Noll Hockey has brought state championships to our school in the past, and we know that our athletes will be prepared to reach those levels once again.
“This program offers many more students the opportunity to join our school and experience a superior Catholic education.”
Bishop Noll Institute is a Four-Star School with an “A” rating from the Indiana Dept. of Education. It has received accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a nationally recognized accreditation division of AdvancED.