Noel Loban, Director of Student Athlete Development


LobenNoel Loban works with Wolfpack Wresting as the Director of Student Athlete Development where he serves as a consultant on nutrition and strength/conditioning. He has been working with the NC State program since 2008.

Loban brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience with him as he spent time coaching at Howard University, American University, and Boston University. In addition, he spent seven seasons coaching at the high school level.

During his time at NC State, he coached 2009 NCAA Champion and two-time All-American, Darrion Caldwell. He also coached Darrius Little to an All-American finish in 2012 at 141 pounds.

He is a member of both the Clemson University and Farmingdale State College Halls of Fame. Loban has been a certified personal trainer for nearly thirty years.

Loban competed on the international level from 1983-1990, where we won five British Senior National Championships. In 1983, he won the British National Championship at 100kg. In 1984, he won the British National Championship at 90kg. In 1986, 1987, and 1988, he won the British National Championship at 100kg.

As a member of the British National Team, he competed in several world championships. He finished 3rd at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles at 90kg and 7th in the 1988 Seoul Olympics at 100 kg. He is the last Olympic medalist in wrestling for Great Brittan. He finished 4th in the World Championships at 90kg in 1987 in Budapest, Hungary. In addition, he finished 2nd in the European Championships in 1987 at 100kg.

After the 1990 World Championships, he retired from active competition. He came out of retirement to win another British Senior National Championship in 1994. That year he again placed in several international tournaments.

Loban was a standout wrestler winning national titles at both Clemson University and at Farmingdale State College. He won the NCAA Championship at Clemson at 190 pounds in 1980 and the NJCAA Championship at 177 pounds in 1977. In 1979, he qualified for the NCAA Championships at 177 pounds.

At both school’s he was honored as the athlete of the year after winning national titles. He posted a perfect dual meet record for three seasons at Clemson and was a three-time ACC Finalist, winning the ACC Championships as a senior. Loban was Clemson’s first NCAA Champion in an individual sport. In addition, he was part of the first recruiting class for the Clemson University wrestling program.

In total, Loban won eight national championships, two in the U.S. and six in Great Britian.

Loban is well known for his exceptional technical skills and match strategy.

Loban and his wife Debra have two children, Bailey and Drake.