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UT Tyler Soccer Coaching Staff Adds Old Opponent

New assistant men's soccer coach Tom Noor is quite familiar with his new boss.

Noor and head coach Kenny Jones are not only coaching contemporaries, but onetime opponents on the field. Noor still remembers playing against Jones when he was a defender at the University of Central Arkansas, and Jones was playing for Hendrix.

"He stayed away from me, thank God, because he was fast," Noor laughs. "If he got near me, I'd just have to tackle him. I didn't want to run with him."

The two are finally on the same team, as Noor joins the two-time defending American Southwest Conference Champion Patriots as assistant coach. He was most recently the head coach at Hendrix College, where he led the women's team for one season. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach for Hendrix's men's and women's teams for five years.

Jones said Noor's background means big things for his program.

"Tom obviously has had head coaching experience," Jones said, "and he's run a program. His learning curve won't be as sharp, so he can come in right away and start immediately doing the things we need to do for our program.  He'll take the lead in recruiting, academic advising, and working with our goalkeepers."

Noor earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas, where he also played soccer for four years. Noor played two years with the Arkansas A's, a semi-pro club that Jones also played with.

In his coaching career, Noor has completed his United States Soccer Federation "A" license, the highest license a coach can hold for soccer in the United States. Noor also holds a United States Soccer Federation National Goalkeeping License.

Noor has also served as head coach of the Olympic Development Program State Team in Little Rock for the last six years.

Noor said that having a chance to be a part of the Patriots' winning tradition appealed to him, as well as working with Jones.

"I believe in what he's trying to do, and the way he talks about building a ‘program.'" Noor said. "He's not talking about Division I or III or whatever, but just a good program. We speak the same language, and have the same goals.  I think there's a big opportunity to do things here. It's a good place, a good location, and a good situation."

The University of Texas at Tyler is the two-time defending champions of the ASC, and will begin their 2007 season on August 31 against Ouachita Baptist.

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