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May 24, 2017

(May 24, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks named team Athlete Performance Coach Dan Noble the 2017 winner of the Seventh Man award. In his first year in Rochester, he went above and beyond the call of duty, taking the Knighthawks’ offseason training and in-season workouts to a new level.

“I definitely never expected it,” said Noble about receiving the recognition. “I put my heart into everything I do. It means a lot to me that the players could see that and see how much I cared about them and their overall well-being. To be acknowledged like that means the world.”

The 36-year-old brought a wealth of knowledge and an enthusiasm for athletic performance to his new role with the Knighthawks. He developed training plans for each player to help them best utilize their individual strengths. Noble spent hours in the gym and working with the players before weekly practices to prepare them for the season and for each game.

The Toronto native even made several trips to road games to make sure the players were properly warmed up and ready to play. The effort was definitely noticed and appreciated by the team.

“Dan is the definition of a motivator. He works selflessly to improve us as players, but more so as men,” said Knighthawks transition man Andrew Suitor. “He is passionate and gives everything he has every time we are at the rink. He continuously is looking for new ways to better us as a team. He is the true definition of wearing your heart on your sleeve.”

Noble had instant credibility when he arrived in Rochester after achieving impressive results as the athletic development coach at The Hill Academy and as the owner of Noble Sports & Performance. Even more impressive is his client full of players who have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League, National Lacrosse League, Ontario Hockey League and the NCAA. His recipe for success is based on emphasizing mastering efficient movement patterns and mechanics to create sustainable, adaptable athletes.

He brought that mantra to his first job in the NLL in 2017. Having the chance to work with the top lacrosse players in the world was a thrill for the former professional football player.

“It was an awesome experience. The guys embraced me and a new way of doing things,” he said. “Just their commitment and buy-in, day in and day out throughout the year, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“I am thankful for all those guys and the coaching staff, and Curt (Styres) as well, for giving me the opportunity to take this organization to a new level in terms of athletic development.”

For his innovation and creativity, Noble was this year’s winner of the team’s Seventh Man award.

“He’s the ideal choice for this award because of the passion he brought to every practice and game,” said Knighthawks transition man Brad Gillies. “He demanded the best from us every time we were together.”

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