Jamestown goalie West makes NCAA D1 commitment
October 24, 2019
The Jamestown Rebels of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are please to announce that goaltender Noah West has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Robert Morris University in Atlantic Hockey, beginning in the 2020-21 season.
For West, it’s a dream come true. “It’s always been a dream to play NCAA Division 1 hockey,” said West. “To have a school like Robert Morris, which has been a very good program over the last couple of years, come to me, it was a no-brainer. I look forward to playing the next four years there and being successful.”
West, 18, is currently in his second season in the NAHL with the Rebels, and is the first Rebels player this season to announce an NCAA commitment. So far during the 2019-20 season, he has posted a 2.82 goals against average and a .916 save percentage in 11 appearances.
He also has received an Honorable Mention for the NAHL East Division Player of the Month (September) as well as a Second Star selection and two Honorable Mentions for the NAHL’s East Division Stars of the Week.
The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Pittsboro, Indiana, was drafted by the Rebels with the 35th overall selection in the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft. West went on to have a solid rookie campaign, where he compiled a 2.29 GAA along with a .911 SV% in 24 games played during the 2018-19 season being named to the NAHL All-East Division Rookie Team. He also was stellar in the post-season, posting a 0.70 GAA and a .973 SV% in two playoff appearances.
“I wanted to come back and play another year for Coach [Joe] Coombs. He’s a great coach, and it was an easy decision for me to return and potentially play a lot games. If I didn’t come back, I don’t think I’d have this offer to play Division 1 hockey,” said West. “My experience has been great. I couldn’t ask for a better billet family and the fans have been great; it’s been a really good time in Jamestown>’
“He’s certainly well-deserving,” said Rebels Head Coach/General Manager Joe Coombs of West. “Noah is an extremely hard-working, committed kid that I see possibly playing even after college.”
For a young player, going through the process of committing to a school can be daunting, and now that West has made his selection, Coach Coombs is looking forward to seeing West continue his season. “I’m glad the process is over. The process unfortunately can be stressful on some people, and we’re looking forward to having him be care-free and back to doing his thing. We’re all happy for him: it’s our first commitment of the year, he’s going to a great program and again, he’s just very well-deserving.”