A UC graduate himself, Noble received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, before graduating with a Masters of Arts Degree in Sports and Fitness Management from the University of San Francisco. Noble brings over 30 years of coaching experience to UC Merced, most recently serving as the UC Merced Men’s Club Volleyball Coach the last four years.
No stranger to developing successful programs, Noble was the founder and director of Team Santa Cruz (TSC) Boys Volleyball, which he would develop into one of the top junior programs in the country, and would plant the seeds for starting boys CIF volleyball in the Monterey Bay region. During his time at TSC, he also served as the Head Coach for the UC Santa Cruz Women’s Volleyball team for one season, helping them achieve a winning season for the first time in four years with a record of 16-14.
Additionally, Noble also had successful stints coaching at the high school level with both men’s and women’s programs. At Mt. Madonna High School, he helped start the very successful boys’ high school program, and led them to consecutive SCBVL league titles, while being named Coach of the Year. At Soquel High School, he turned around a program that would eventually share the SCCAL title and finish third in the CIF State Finals. He has served as a USA Boys Youth National Team Assistant Coach, and as the founder of the Nike Boys Volleyball Club, he coached the Boys 18’s team to three consecutive top 10 finishes at nationals, including a Gold Medal at the USAV Junior Olympic Championships with the Nike Santa Barbara Boys team. In 1995 Noble received the USA Volleyball Outstanding Male Coach Award.
From 1994 to 1997 Noble was at UC Santa Barbara as the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach. Hired at UCSB as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Noble recruited numerous All Big West Conference players and AVCA All-Americans while leading the Gauchos to NCAA Division I Top-10 rankings. He would move on as the Head Coach for the New Mexico State University Women’s Volleyball program, where he led the Road Runners to their first Big West Conference Tournament in school history. After New Mexico State, Noble made his way back to University of San Francisco, as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. In his second season, he lead the Dons to the second best turn around in West Coast Conference history.
Despite his success in developing programs and coaching successful players, Coach Noble is most proud of serving as an ambassador to grow the game of volleyball. He has served as the Boys Commissioner for the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA), spent time as an original member of the USAV Junior Olympic Development Steering Committee, and has served the past 15 years as the head volleyball coach for the Native Vision Life Skills and Sports Camp, where every summer, he works with other professional and collegiate coaches and athletes to inspire 1,000 Native American Youth from across the country.