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    New Soccer Coach Named

    May 22, 2000

    NEW SOCCER COACH NAMED

    CONTACT: Rob Meyers

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin athletic director Steve McCarty announced today the hiring of Lance Noble as the head coach of the Ladyjack soccer program. Noble has been the head coach at St. Mary's University in San Antonio for the past four seasons.

    "After a very thorough search for a new coach, I feel that we have hired the most qualified person to fill the position. Coach Noble brings with him a wealth of soccer knowledge and a proven record as a winner at St. Mary's," said McCarty.

    At St. Mary's, Noble served as the head coach of both the men's and women's soccer teams. During his four seasons Noble's teams posted a combined 104-38-10 record, with both teams claiming conference titles along the way. Noble also coached six NAIA All-Americans during his four year career at the school. He was also named the Heart of Texas Conference Men's and Women's Coach of the Year following the 1997 season.

    Prior to his stint at St. Mary's, Noble also coached the men's and women's teams at the University of Dallas, as well as the Storm Soccer Club in Dallas.

    The Dallas native also holds a USSF "A" license and NSCAA Advanced National and Premier Diplomas. Noble is also a staff coach with the South Texas Youth Soccer Association coaching education program. Noble is also active with the Olympic Development Program, and this past year coached the Texas `83 state team to a second place finish at the Southern Regional Tournament.

    Noble also played professionally for three seasons prior to his move to the coaching ranks. In 1995 he was an evaluator of talent for the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer, and in 1996 coached the San Antonio Pumas professional soccer team.

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