Nobles named McMurry women's soccer coach


ABILENE, TX - McMurry University has promoted Charles Nobles to its head women's soccer coach, McM Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson has announced. Nobles had, previously, served as an assistant coach for both the women's and men's soccer programs, now becoming the eighth head coach in War Hawks women's soccer history.

"We are excited to have Charles expand his role in our department and have him lead our women's soccer program," Ferguson said. "Not only is he a tireless worker, who is already beginning to see the benefits of his recruiting efforts, but he models the character we want representing our programs.

"Charles will teach the women on our team more than what it takes to be successful on the pitch, more importantly, he will teach our scholar-athletes how to become champions for life. We are all looking forward to observing the team's growth, both on and off of the field, under his leadership."

Nobles joined the McMurry University staff beginning with the 2016 season. After former McM head coach Megan Schmidt's departure following the 2016 campaign (following the birth of her first child), Nobles handled all of the team's administrative and recruiting duties for the War Hawks' women's soccer program.

Nobles brought a long and distinguished soccer background to the War Hawks' programs.

Nobles spent three seasons as the head girls' coach at Burleson High School. His team made the post-season in two of those three campaigns (after having only advanced three times the previous 13 years in total). His teams showed an improved won-lost record each season, as well.

His teams also got it done in the classroom and community. They won recognition from the NSCAA with its Team Academic Award, as well as its "Golden Ball" for team ethics and sportsmanship. Those teams also raise better than $4,000 for charity through the Kickin' Cancer campaign.

Prior to heading the Burleson program, Nobles was a boys and girls assistant coach at Midlothian High School for three years. Both teams advanced to the post-season all three years and won two district championships. For his efforts, Nobles received the 2013 Region 1 Assistant Coach of the Year from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.

Nobles also coached for the Texas Lightning Soccer Club. Additionally, he was a club coach for the Sam Houston State men's soccer club. He has also been a part of numerous youth soccer camps in the Metroplex, as well as coaching YMCA teams.

He holds a USSF National D License, a NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma and a Coerver Youth Diploma.

Nobles' volunteer work includes work with One Goal 23. The organization runs free Christian soccer camps nationwide.

"I would like to thank Dr. Harper, Mr. Ferguson and everyone at McMurry for this opportunity," Nobles said. "This is a wonderful place and I am extremely grateful to become the head women's soccer coach."

"I want to thank (men's head) coach Tyler Tarango and Coach Megan Schmidt for bringing me on staff and for all of their help and support. The women that represent the soccer program are a very special group, which have become a family to me and I am proud for the chance to be their head coach. I am looking forward to giving everything I can to our program - and our university - to help women's soccer achieve excellence."

Nobles earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas-Arlington. The native of Arlington, Texas currently resides in Abilene with his wife (Brooke) and three children (Landry, Paisley and Austin).

-Information provided by McMurry University Athletics