Tom Noonan


St. Teresa Coach Tom Noonan takes job at Millikin University

May 18, 2021 -Today, Tom Noonan notified the St. Teresa Administration that he is resigning his position as Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at St. Teresa High School. Coach Noonan has recently accepted a position as an assistant coach for the Millikin Mens’ Basketball program. He will remain on St. Teresa staff as a Social Studies teacher. Noonan coached at St. Teresa for 17 seasons with the last 11 as head coach. As head coach he had an overall record of 205-92, won 5 conference championships, 2 regional championships, 1 sectional title, 1 super-sectional title, and coached the 2015 State runner-up team.
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Back to One, Episode 139: Tom Noonan

Oscilloscope Laboratories, Tom Noonan, What Happened Was. As the annual Sundance Film Festival begins again this week, legendary actor/director Tom Noonan takes us back 27 years to a very different Sundance, where his film What Happened Was… won the Grand Jury Prize. It’s the ultimate “actor’s film,” just two people, Noonan and the incredible Karen Sillas, in one room, real time, on a first date like no other. He talks about the circumstances that led him to Sillas, the extensive rehearsal process they had, the production, and the ups and downs of its ultimately triumphant reception. Plus Noonan tells the story of the first big lesson that formed his craft, why he’s not (at the moment) pursing acting, and lots more. A gorgeous restoration of What Happened Was… is being released on Friday January 29th by Oscilloscope in select virtual theaters.

Tom Noonan on What Happened Was … and the Sequel That Still Might Be

Tom Noonan’s 1994 independent movie What Happened Was … isn’t your typical romance, though it puts two lonely people together on their first date. (They’re played by Noonan—best known as the villain in thrillers like Manhunter and RoboCop 2—and the remarkable Karen Sillas.) And it isn’t your typical horror movie, though it does feature creepy dolls. It’s somewhere between the two, an uncanny comedy in which the giant butcher knife only cuts a birthday cake but nonetheless no one gets out unscathed. What Happened Was … won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, then was released with little fanfare by a distributor that didn’t know what to do with it. (Total U.S. gross, according to IMDb Pro: $327,000.) A cult classic and a favorite of Charlie Kaufman’s, this indelible portrait of dating dread has been newly restored and opens in virtual theaters on Friday. I talked to Noonan about the breakdown that led to his directing career, about the movie’s sudden left turn into weirdness, and about the sequel (!) that’s never quite gotten the green light. Our conversation has been edited and condensed.