Andy Noel begins his ninth year as Cornell Universityís director of athletics and physical education, having led the Big Red athletics program to unprecedented success while setting a course for his vision of continued prosperity. His position was endowed in December 2003 by Jack í58 and Diane í61 Meakem and Scott Smith í79. Jack is a former oarsman and member of Cornellís Athletic Hall of Fame, while Scott wrestled under Noel during his time on East Hill.
The Big Red teams have parlayed Noelís accomplishments into success on and off the playing field. Cornellís athletic teams have won 41 Ivy League team titles and 10 national championships during his tenure and have posted a cumulative .510 winning percentage or better in seven of his first eight seasons, including a .541 percentage in 2006-07. The program captured 31 Ivy titles from 2002-03 through 2005-06, setting a Cornell record dating back to the inception of the Ivy League, including a record nine in 2005-06. Academically in 2006-07, nine student-athletes were named to academic all-district teams, with three of those earning Academic All-America honors, bringing Cornellís five-year total to 15, among the most of any school in the Ivy League.
Noel accepted the appointment as director after serving three years as an associate director of athletics for the Big Red. Since becoming director, Noel has continued to hire top coaches and has also successfully upgraded a number of department facilities (including renovating Schoellkopf Hall and Lynah Rink and building the Friedman Wrestling Center).
During his tenure, he has also been a member of the team that raised $66 million in support of capital projects and endowment, helping secure the financial future of the department. During the campaign, 21 coaching and staff positions were endowed, bringing the total number of endowed positions within the department to 30, the most of any school in the country.
Noel was the Big Redís head wrestling coach from 1974 to 1988 and then served two years as an assistant director in the departmentís public affairs office, implementing the athletic departmentís annual giving program.
At Cornell, his wrestling teams won four Ivy League championships and placed second four times. Under Noelís direction, the wrestling team established a strong network of support from alumni and friends. In 1990, he was recognized at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships for his distinguished coaching career at Cornell, and in 1992 he was inducted into the New York State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Franklin and Marshall Sports Hall of Fame and the Council of Mental Health and Welfare.
In addition to his coaching and administrative career, Noel served on the wrestling committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 1997-2001. He was a member of the NCAA Championships Cabinet from 2003-06 and serves on both the Misconduct Appeals Subcommittee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. Noel is a past chairman of the Ivy League athletic directorsí committee on administration and serves on the Cornell Presidentís Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs and the Council of Mental Health and Welfare. In 2006, he was named to the Wells College Board of Trustees.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., he graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and received his master of arts degree in counseling and guidance from Colgate University in 1973.
Noel is married to Dr. Betsy Mead Noel Ď86, and has a son Jonathan Ď04 and two daughters, Amanda Ď07, and 3-year-old Amelie.