A new look. That is how you could describe the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team in 2000. It was the first season for then-new head coach Lance Noble. A similar thing could be said about Nobleís 2001 team. No, that is not a missprint. Noble is focused on getting the Ladyjacks to the top of the Southland Conference and he believes he has taken a big step in that direction. Noble went out and added two new coaches and 15 new players for the 2001 season.
But for Noblesí charges to reach the mecca of Southland Conference soccer there will be some growing pains. In 2000, Noble guided the Ladyjacks through some of those growing pains as SFA fought its way through a 4-12-2 season. The 2000 season wasnít just all lows, Under Nobleís tutelage, freshman Nicole Horn earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors and then-sophomore Season Settle earned league honorable mention honors.
Noble comes to Nacogdoches, Texas, with a long coaching resumeī at every level. From the professional ranks to amateur teams, Noble has built a successful reputation in soccer.
The Dallas native took over the menís and womenís teams at St. Maryís (San Antonio) University in 1996. During that season, he led both teams to the conference championship. He also picked up both coach of the year honors for the menís and womenís teams. His teams were nationally ranked for three consecutive seasons (1996-98) while making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. During those three seasons, Noble had five players earn All-America honors. During Nobleís tenure, the women compiled an impressive 53-17-6 (.737) record and the men tallied a 51-17-4 (.736). While coaching at St. Maryís, Noble took on the responsibilities as director of player development for the San Antonio Strikers Club team. In 1996, Noble served as an assistant coach and the interim for the San Antonio Pumas of the USISL.
Prior to his arrival in the Alamo city, Noble had a three-year stint at the University of Dallas, for both menís and womenís teams. Noble also guided the cityís Storm soccer club and was the evaluator for the MLSí Dallas Burn.
Noble was also successful as a player. He spent time with the Arkansas Diamonds of the SISL, Dallas of the Lone Star Soccer Alliance and various amateur teams in Dallas and San Antonio.
Noble is certified by the United States Soccer Federation holding an ďAĒ license and the United States Sports Academy holding two international diplomas in the sport. He was a member of the NAIA and NCAA Division II ranking committees. Noble is currently a South Texas Youth Soccer Association staff coach after serving on the North Texas staff for five years. He is a licensing instructor for youth coaches at the state and national level. He also coaches in the Olympic Development Program. Over the course of the past year, Noble has completed a specialist in sports conditioning program through the International Sports Science Associates. He was also the director of educatoin for the aNational Soccer Coaches Association of America. Noble completed a level III certification in Sport Coaching Methodology from the United States Sports Academy. He also guided his U-19 girls state team to the Olympic Development Southern Regional tournament.
Noble graduated with a bachelorís degree from Northwood University in 1995. He has completed work toward a masterís degree in education administration.
Noble is married to the former Sylvia Stadler.