Olivet, Mich.Noel M. Dean 91 was presented the first ever Distinguished Young Alumni Award Saturday, Jan. 11, by Olivet College and the Alumni Council. This award is given to recent Olivet College alumni who demonstrate commendable achievements in his or her chosen career.
As the head football coach at Lowell High School, Dean led his team to the 2002 Division 2 state title. In addition to coaching his players to a championship season, Dean instills ethics that will last beyond the football field. According to Marty Jennings 67, Olivet College director of alumni affairs, Dean sets the stage for his players to be active members of their community by encouraging volunteerism.
His players have volunteered at the local elementary school, sold a team poster with proceeds going to the public library and parked cars at high school sporting events, among other things, said Jennings. Hes truly a role model and very deserving of this honor.
In addition to coaching football, Dean teaches chemistry, physical science and earth science. He also is the head power lifting coach, responsible for implementing the strength and conditioning programs at Lowell High School.
Dean graduated from Olivet College in 1991 with a degree in chemistry. While a student, he was a defensive lineman for the Comet football program, where he was named second-team All-MIAA as a senior.