Wabash Hires Nobel as Head Swimming & Diving Coach

Courtesy of Wabash Athletics


Wabash College President Gregory Hess has appointed Brent Noble as the new head swimming and diving coach.

Noble joins the Wabash program after serving for a year as the women’s head swimming coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

“We are thrilled to bring Coach Noble to the helm of the Wabash swimming and diving program,” Wabash Dean of Students Mike Raters said. “His passion, experience, expertise, vision, enthusiasm, and Indiana roots combine to provide a great opportunity to both sustain and build upon the foundation he inherits. Due to his attributes and the excitement the current swimmers have about their new leader, Brent will make a smooth transition that will pay great dividends for not only the 2013-14 team, but those he’ll train at, and recruit to, the College in the future.”

Noble brings a record of success as an assistant and head swimming coach and as a student-athlete. The youngest head swimming coach in NCAA Division I, he tripled the size of the Sacred Heart roster. His swimmers set nine new school records and every member of the team turned in at least two lifetime-best results in their primary events. His team also excelled in the classroom, earning Scholar All-America team honors by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

“We believe that Brent Noble embodies all of the qualities we were looking for in the next leader of our swimming and diving program,” Wabash Director of Athletics and Wellness Joe Haklin said. “He knows the science of swimming and he knows how to convey that knowledge. Moreover, he is very enthusiastic about the sport of swimming and his energy will be pervasive in our program. His swim club background in the state of Indiana will be a major advantage in our efforts to recruit quality student-athletes to Wabash College. We now have our leader in place to grow a program which already has a solid foundation.”

Noble earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2009, where he competed for four years as a member of the Panthers’ swimming team. He earned academic all-conference honors all four years, and was part of the winning 800-meter relay team at the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, and made 15 finals appearances in conference championship events throughout his career. Noble is still listed on the top-ten list at Eastern Illinois in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley.

Noble graduated from Terre Haute South High School in Indiana. He earned varsity letters as a member of the swimming and cross country teams.

Noble is expected to earn a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University in December. He has studied swim training and techniques at the Indiana University Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming in addition to his own research to help maximize potential in student-athletes.

Noble joined the DePauw University coaching staff in 2010 as an assistant for the men’s program. He designed season and weekly training and workout plans, which helped send five swimmers to the NCAA Division III National Championship meet.

Noble was hired as a sprint coach for the men’s and women’s teams at East Carolina University in 2011, where his athletes posted seven school records, three freshmen records, and 14 new individual times on the all-time top-10 list. His swimmers also earned five all-conference selections and produced four NCAA Division I “B” cuts.

“I am honored and eager to be named the new head swimming and diving coach at Wabash College,” Noble said. “I’ve always held Wabash in very high regard, and it just felt like the perfect fit when I came on campus. I believe in what Wabash stands for, and I look forward to mentoring this exciting young team and finding more motivated student-athletes to be a part of it.

“I am very thankful to Mr. Haklin and Dean Raters for granting me this opportunity, and to the entire Wabash community for welcoming me. I am also thankful to everyone at Sacred Heart for a truly great tenure there.”

Noble begins his duties October 14.


The above is a press release from the Wabash Athletics Website.

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EC Swim Champ
8 years ago

what a nomad! Doesn’t this guy stay at a school for any period of time? Where’s he going next year, NAIA?

I guess 9 school records is pretty good, maybe he can break 10 at Wabash and turn those boys in MEN!

Reply to  EC Swim Champ
8 years ago

They’re all vertical moves, and now he’s back home. I’d say go Brent and good hire for Wabash.

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