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NIC announces new Director of Athletics and Recreation


North Idaho College has hired Shawn Noël to serve as NIC’s new Director of Athletics and Recreation.

With more than a decade of experience in collegiate athletics leadership, Noël most recently served as Director of Athletics at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey.

“We are excited about Shawn joining us here. He is a skilled and experienced leader with a strong record of success in community college athletics and recreation,” said NIC Vice President for Student Services Graydon Stanley. “It was clear that he will be a great fit in our institutional culture and community.”

Search committee members were impressed with Noël’s emphasis on developing a strategic plan for athletics and recreation that is centered on student athlete success in the classroom.

“It is truly an honor to join North Idaho College and serve as Director of Athletics and Recreation. I am extremely grateful to the search committee for this incredible opportunity,” Noël said. “I am ready to hit the ground running, and I’m excited to work with the Athletics and Recreation departments, coaches, and student-athletes. My goal is to have our student-athletes be the shining stars of the campus. I want them to stand out in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.”

Noël served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey from 2012 to 2018; as Director of Athletics, Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex and Physical Education at Garrett College in Maryland from 2010 to 2012; and as Assistant Director of Athletics at Herkimer County Community College in New York from 2007 to 2010.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Noël replaces Bobby Lee, who left NIC in September. He is scheduled to be on staff at NIC beginning Dec. 6.

“Members of the search committee were particularly impressed with the research he had done to become familiar with NIC,” Stanley said. “And they were impressed with the enthusiasm he shared for wanting to be a part of this team and community.” 


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