Charlie Noonan is in his second season back at Rutgers working as the defensive line assistant. Elected a team captain his senior year, he earned four letters for the Scarlet Knights from 2006-10.
In 2013, Noonan helped sophomore Darius Hamilton pick up a team-leading 11.5 TFLs, earning Third Team All-American Athletic Conference by Phil Steele. Anchored by the line, the RU defense allowed 100.8 yards rushing per game, the fourth-best average in the nation. In addition, Marcus Thompson, who played rush end, signed an NFL contract with the Miami Dolphins following the season.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Noonan spent one season as the defensive line coach at Division III Thiel College (Pa.). He was responsible for teaching the proper technique and scheme of a 4-3 defense, while also managing academic schedules, strength and conditioning, nutrition and recruiting. Three of his players earned all-conference honors, as the Tomcats ranked first in the league in sacks and rushing defense and second in tackles-for-loss and total defense.
Noonan started his coaching career in 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach with the defense at the Haverford School (Pa.).
Known as a hard-nosed player for former RU head coach Greg Schiano, Noonan started two years on the defensive line and played in 48 games total after persevering through a pair of ACL injuries early in his career. He was presented with the Iron Knight Award at the 2010 banquet, given to the player who has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of mental and physical toughness throughout his career. Noonan collected 38 of his 72 career tackles as a senior.
THE NOONAN FILE
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Alma Mater: Rutgers, 2010
2013-14: Defensive Line Assistant
2012: Defensive Line
Haverford (Pa.) School
2011: Defensive Volunteer Assistant
A four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Rutgers, serving as a captain as a senior.