Josh Belluomini had a great experience playing basketball in Illinois. He played for legendary coach Gene Pingatore at St. Joseph's in Westchester and the program won a state championship during Belluomini's sophomore season.
But the greatest March of Belluomini's young basketball life took place in 2011, his first year on the staff at Bishop Noll.
The Warriors advanced to the Class 2A state championship game, losing an instant classic to Park Tudor 43-42.
"It was my first year in Indiana basketball," he said. "I was telling people (in Chicago) how ridiculous it was. The games were packed, I'll never forget that semistate game.
"It was a different, great experience."
On Monday night, Belluomini was named the new boys basketball coach at Bishop Noll. He replaces Drew Trost, who resigned in May after going 129-57 in eight years on the job.
Trost moved back to his home in Utah.
The Warriors went 19-5 and hung with eventual state champion Bowman Academy in the sectional championship last season. Noll loses only one senior off that team and Bowman will play Class 3A next season.
Belluomini grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago's west side, before he moved to Westchester. He graduated from St. Joseph's in 2001. He played football at Benedictine College and got his teaching degree later from Northeastern Illinois.
He has taught at St. Joe's the last four years and has been an assistant at Noll the last three seasons. Belluomini will teach math at Noll.
In two years as the freshman coach and one year as Noll's junior varsity coach, he lost 13 games combined.
He and wife Sonja have a daughter and are expecting another child in the next month.
The family lives in Munster.
"I'm very excited," he said. "We've got a lot of talent with experience. The kids have been busting their butts this summer and have played well.
"I can't wait to get going."