ASUN Beam Video Series: Stetson's Rachel Noble

ASUN Beam Video Series: Stetson's Rachel Noble

ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomizes the conference's beam of Students First.

A Sport Business major with a minor in Applied Statistics, Stetson's Rachel Noble was named the ASUN Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive year while maintaining a 3.82 GPA. She served as Stetson's SAAC Co-President while earning the Stetson Business Foundation Merit Award, the Wendell Jarrard Award and has made the ASUN Honor Roll three times in her career. The ASUN SAAC Social Media Coordinator also received the R. Dale Melching Leadership Award while being named to the Stetson Dean's List seven times. The senior has gained valuable professional experience as a Development Intern at the NASCAR Foundation and also as a Summer Sport Management Staff member at IMG Academy. 

"For me, it just means having our priorities in the right spot," Noble commented on her Students First mentality. "That we aren't just here for athletics. It's very important we are taking our school work and our studies seriously because that's going to help us in our future. I think knowing when to prioritize and knowing which part of the student and athlete to prioritize at which time is the biggest challenge."

"Athletics has given me a lot of opportunities to be involved in the school," Noble stated. "It's given me a lot of leadership skills and inside knowledge about things that have helped translate in the classroom, being more organized and to help run events."
"She is so much more than just being an athlete in a top-10 program," Stetson Beach Volleyball Head Coach Kristina Hernandez said. "She really has found a way to immerse herself in the community and really takes pride in that by giving back. When one thinks of a good example of what a great student-athlete is, they think of Rachel."

On the court, Noble has a 25-12 record at the No. 3 pair including 10 wins against ranked opponents in 2019. The Carlsbad, Calif., native has registered a 94-44 (.681) career record with those 94 wins set a new ASUN Conference all-time best, a mark she surpassed earlier this season. Noble leads the Hatters into the NCAA Tournament this weekend for the second time in program history. No. 8 Stetson battles top-seeded USC Friday at 10 AM ET in Gulf Shores, Ala.
"At a smaller, private institution, there are so many opportunities to do other things and impact people besides just being an athlete," Hernandez continued. "There are so many other people you can touch in the community. I think Rachel has been able to do that and is a great ambassador for our program."