PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Attended the University of New Mexico and earned four letters (1975-79) as a quarterback. He was a two-year starter. He set numerous school records at New Mexico and finished fifth in the nation in total offense in 1976, earning second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He finished 11th in the nation in total offense in 1977.
EDUCATION: Earned a B.A. in university studies from the University of New Mexico in 1981.
PERSONAL DATA: Born March 21, 1957 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Married to the former Patricia Pogna. Noel and Patricia have three children: Taylor (16), Grayson (13) and Alexandra (11).
BOWL EXPERIENCE: 1997 Ford Motor City Bowl (Ole Miss); 2001 Citrus Bowl (Auburn); 2001 Peach Bowl (Auburn), 2002 Insight Bowl (Oregon State), 2003 Tangerine Bowl (NC State).
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Coached All-SEC quarterback Ben Leard at Auburn. Leard set a single-season record for completion percentage in 1998. Under Mazzone, Auburn's offense produced two SEC Players of the Year; Rudi Johnson, SEC Player of the Year in 2000 and Ronny Daniels, SEC Freshman of the Year, 199 9. Directed the 2003 NC State offense that led the nation in passing efficiency and ranked third in passing offense. The unit also ranked eighth in NCAA Division I in scoring offense. The offense boasted the top two vote-winners on the All-ACC team, Player of the Year Philip Rivers and Jerricho Cotchery. The 2003 Wolfpack offense led the ACC and set school records for completions (357), completion percentage (.720), total yards (5,891), passing yards (4,580), most points scored (489), and most first downs (311).
NFL PLAYERS: Auburn - Rudi Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals); Tim Carter (N.Y. Giants); Robert Johnson (Chicago Bears); Heath Evans (Seattle Seahawks); Kendall Simmons (Pittsburgh Steelers); Ole Miss - Duece Macallister (New Orleans Saints); Ronnie Heard (San Francisco 49ers); Kris Mangum (Carolina Panthers); Todd Wade (Miami Dolphins).