OXFORD, Ohio — The Tri-City Storm head coach is leaving Kearney to become head coach at a Division l university.

Miami (OH) University announced Monday that it hired Anthony Noreen as its next head coach. Noreen has coached the Storm since 2017 and has served as the franchise’s president of hockey operations since 2019. He will continue with the Storm through the remainder of the USHL regular season and postseason before officially starting at Miami.

"I am honored and humbled to be the next head hockey coach at Miami University," Noreen said in a statement. "I would like to thank David Sayler and Brad Okel for their belief in me, and the alumni of this storied program for creating something special to build upon. I look forward to being a part of the next chapter of Miami Hockey and establishing a standard that all of our supporters can be proud of."

Noreen is the winningest coach in Tri-City Storm history with a 236-126-24-18 record. He guided the Storm to the postseason every season he was coach and helped the franchise win Anderson Cups in 2018-19 and 2021-22. His team broke the league record for wins and points in 2021-22. Noreen has coached 34 NHL draft picks over the past seven years with the Storm, and his Tri-City program has produced more than 100 NCAA Division I hockey players in that time.

The Storm are 27-21-4-6 and has four games remaining in the regular season. Miami finished with a 7-26-3 record in the 2023-24 season.

The Storm are in the United States Hockey League, which is the top junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey.