Mike Noonan, a member of the Class of 1983, was a two-time All-American as a defender for the men’s soccer team. His teams made two ECAC Tournament appearances, compiling an 8-4-2 record in 1979 and a 9-2-2 mark in 1981. He served as a team captain his senior year, anchoring one of the region’s top defenses.
He was drafted by the Memphis Americans professional soccer team in 1981 and later went on to play professionally in Sweden, as well as for the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA). In 1985, he was an AISA All-Star.
Following his playing days, Noonan embarked on a widely successful coaching career. After a year as head coach at Wheaton (Mass.), he spent four years as the leader of the University of New Hampshire program before taking over the reins at Brown for 15 years. He compiled a record of 160-77-31 at Brown, leading the team to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Ivy League titles. Noonan took over head coaching duties at Clemson in 2010, guiding the squad to the NCAA Championship match in 2015. Following the season, he was named the National Coach of the Year.