Talladega College has added two award-winning leaders to its coaching staff. Junior Noel has been named head soccer coach and Tim King has been named golf coach.
“Coach King and Coach Noel have a wealth of experience, outstanding credentials, and a proven ability to bring out the best in student-athletes. In addition to helping teams win on the playing field, they are committed to developing future leaders who are equipped to excel in life,” said Talladega College Vice President and Athletic Director Michael Grant. “They have both been recognized for fostering academic success while simultaneously achieving impressive conference results.”
Head Coach Junior Noel is a former international soccer player and brings over 20 years of coaching experience to Talladega. He previously served as head women’s soccer coach at Alcorn State University, where he led the team to a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournament appearance. Prior to joining Alcorn State, he was head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. At Copiah-Lincoln, he led the women’s soccer team to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Team Honorable Mention.
Coach Noel immigrated from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1994 when the University of Mobile awarded him a soccer scholarship. There he served as team captain and helped lead the Rams to a four-year composite record of 64-21-4 with three national tournament appearances. He capped off his collegiate career by collecting Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year plaudits and was drafted Number 3 in the A-League draft by the Hampton Road Mariners.
At the University of Mobile, Coach Noel obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing/general business administration from the University of Mobile. He also earned an English FA Coaching Certificate. After graduating he played professionally in Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi before beginning his coaching career.
As for award-winning golf instructor Tim King, he has an extensive coaching background that includes three seasons at Martin Methodist College. In his first two seasons at Martin Methodist, his teams finished in the top 5 eight times. In his first season, the men’s team finished second in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship. At the time, this was the best conference championship finish in the program’s history.
Coach King is also the co-founder and executive director of North Alabama Junior Golf Association and the founder of NextGen Golf and Sports Management, a collegiate golf recruiting consulting company. He has been a member of the PGA of America since 1999 and is PGA American Development Model Certified (ADM) and PGA Modern Coach Certified. He is also a US Kids Level 1 Certified Coach and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance. His junior golf experience includes the First Tee Gulf Coast where he served as the tournament director for the Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association and was responsible for overseeing the Bubba Watson Divot Derby and the A. Downing Grey Cup events.
Coach King is a past recipient of the PGA Dixie Section Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award and Favorite Teaching Professional by the readers of the Tennessee Valley Golf News. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Athens State University and an MBA in sports management and leadership from Northcentral University.