The American University cross country and track & field program is excited to welcome Alex Noel as the team's new assistant coach, head coach Sean Graham announced on Wednesday.
"I am thrilled to add Alex to our staff," said Graham, now entering his second year with the Eagles' program. "He has gained great experience and insight from his time at one of the top programs in the country with the University of Georgia.
"Alex has a tireless devotion to the sport with a great work ethic that will help us continue to build our program to the highest level. I've witnessed Alex's commitment and drive to his athletes' success throughout his time at Georgia and the SEC, and look forward to getting him on campus to do the same and more at American."
Noel comes to American from one of the national powerhouses in track & field at the University of Georgia. During his two years as a volunteer assistant coach with the distance program in Athens, the Bulldogs claimed two national titles at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships (women) and the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships (men). The women's team also finished as national runner-up during the 2017 Indoor Championships, 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships and the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
On the cross country course, the Bulldogs finished fourth at the 2016 SEC Cross Country Championships on the men's side, and second during the 2017 SEC Cross Country meet. Noel also helped mentor two NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifiers with Samantha Drop and Jessica Drop, who earned two All-America honors for the indoor 5,000-meter run (fourth) and outdoor 5,000m (seventh).
"First, I must thank head coach Sean Graham, Dr. Billy Walker, and Athena Argyropoulos for giving me this wonderful opportunity at American University," Noel said. "Coach Graham has an exciting vision for this program, and I cannot wait to start making my contribution towards that. I am very excited by the experience AU offers to student-athletes with our fantastic academics and the burgeoning energy around the distance program."
"I certainly must also thank my mentor of the past two years, Patrick Cunniff. Working for Pat and being a part of the juggernaut program created by Petros Kyprianou at Georgia was a truly invaluable experience for which I will always be grateful."
Noel was a two-time Division III National Championships qualifier during his time as a student-athlete at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. A two-year team captain and USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, Noel set school records in the 10,000-meter run and the distance medley, and helped lead his team to three Southern Athletic Association (SAA) titles. He also won the individual title at the 2014 SAA Cross Country Championship and was on the conference honor roll all eight semesters.
Noel graduated cum laude from Rhodes in 2016 with his B.A. in environmental studies. He holds a USATF Level I certification.
Updated August 16, 2018