BUCKHANNON – New West Virginia Wesleyan head lacrosse coach Hannah Lively added her first assistant coach to her staff – Emily Noel.
Noel is a 2015 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan with a degree in Business Management. She was also a four-year member of the Lady Bobcat lacrosse team from 2012-2015.
She is currently an admissions counselor with Wesleyan with a concentration on students from Maryland, Delaware, Washington D. C. and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
Noel said joining Lively's staff was an easy decision.
"The opportunity came before me and it just made sense for me to accept the position," Noel remarked. I am already working for the college and I am very passionate about the sport. I loved my experience playing for West Virginia Wesleyan. I grew a lot as a player and learned a lot over my four years playing here. I am very excited to be able to continue to be a part of this program."
Noel is originally from Elkton, Md. and graduated from Rising Sun High School in Maryland in 2011 where she participated in lacrosse and soccer.
During her four-year playing career at Wesleyan, she played in 62 game and scored 96 goals along with 38 assists as a midfielder.
As a senior, she tallied 39 goals and 18 assists her senior season which earned her a spot on the Mountain East Conference All-First Team. Her senior season was the first year the MEC recognized lacrosse as a conference sport and recognized student-athletes with all-conference honors.
With her new position, Noel will have to now make the transition from teammate to coach with some on the roster.
"Looking at the current roster, I have only played with six of them," Noel said. "Most of them were freshmen my senior year, so I think they have always looked up to me as a captain and a leader on the team.
"I think they know that I want the best for the program and want to see them reach their fullest potential. I think it helps that I know what gets them motivated and how to approach them."
Lively will be the third head coach of the team in the last three years.
Noel feels she can help transition the gap between coaching staffs.
"It helps that I know most of the players on the team," she remarked. "I was at some practices last year and was at all the home games helping with statistics, so I think that just a familiar face that has always been around will help with that.
"I also have a positive relationship with many of the parents and I think that will also make everyone a little more comfortable. As for the freshmen coming in, I have been working with a few of them since they area from Maryland, so most of them know me and I think I that will make it a little easier for them to transition here."
The lacrosse team will begin their 2017 season in late February.