Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Alabama-Huntsville were all recruiting him but he chose South Alabama because, according to him, “I was born in Mobile and I love the town. They also have a great Engineering Program with a new building, a great campus and I love the coaches.”
Noland prepped at Farragut High School in Tennessee where Perfect Game gave him a grade of 9.0 (out of 10), based in no small part on his excellent athletic ability which includes 6.6 speed (in the 60 yard dash) and a very strong arm.
In 2012, Noland lead the conference (TCCAA) with 33 stolen bases while also hitting .391 with 4 homeruns. It’s no surprise he listed speed, along with his fielding and his preparation as his strengths as a player. When asked what he works at the most, he said he wants to get stronger, both mentally and physical.
When asked about his goals for the 2013 season, Noland had a simple answer: “I’d really like to make it to a NCAA Regional.”
Here’s to hoping he helps making that goal happen in this coming spring.