Charlie Noonan is back at Rutgers for his first season on the coaching staff, working as the defensive line assistant. Elected a team captain his senior year, he earned four letters for the Scarlet Knights from 2006-10.
Prior to returning his alma mater, Noonan spent one season as the defensive line coach at Thiel College (Pa.). He was responsible for teaching the proper technique and scheme of a 4-3 defense, 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 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.
In August 2011, Noonan was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles to compete for a position on their defensive line while working with line coach Jim Washburn.
Noonan graduated from Rutgers, with a bachelor’s degree as an economics major. He is originally from Ardmore, Pa., and attended St. Joseph’s Prep High School. As a senior captain, Noonan lead St. Joseph's Prep to their fourth Catholic League Red title in five years while helping the Hawks earn a spot in the USA Today Top 25 rankings.