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Noce gets the job done right

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Brian Noce works in Media Services
Brian Noce works in Media Services

Brian Noce, a media resource specialist at Coastal Carolina University, has been coming to the rescue of faculty/staff members with their technology problems for the past seven years. 

“If I have a problem during any of my classes, say with a PowerPoint presentation, I can call Brian, and he is there in seconds,” says Gwen Fowler, a journalism professor at CCU. “He is just such a great guy.”

His helping hands aren’t limited to just classrooms and computers. Noce is also responsible for assisting with assembling the sound systems for various campus events, such as CINO Day. 

Noce, 35, first came to Myrtle Beach in 1999 after graduating the previous year from Morrisville State College in New York, earning an associate’s degree in liberal arts. In 2005, he began his employment at CCU with the Department of Media Services. 

“He is definitely a go-getter and someone who wants the job done to the letter,” says co-worker Daniel Hucks.

With a job description that has him helping professors operate the technical equipment in classrooms, connecting laptops to the projectors or just troubleshooting various problems that crop up on any given day, Noce has a meticulous approach to his work.

“I just like the job done completely right,” says Noce. “It’s simple; you want a job done right, use the tools provided to get the job done right.” 

It’s that attitude that leads his supervisor in media services, Timmy Willingham, to declare, “He’s very dependable. When I’m out of the office, he takes charge. Brian is my right-hand man.”

Noce’s days at CCU aren’t all work, however. An avid sports fan, he spends his free time on the tennis court (he was senior captain of his high school’s tennis team) or hitting the links with his father on weekends. It should come as no surprise that the Syracuse, N.Y., native is a lifelong Yankee and Knicks fan. He annually purchases season tickets for Chanticleer football and basketball games.

Noce has even volunteered with the CCU women’s volleyball team, helping out wherever he was needed, from pre-game prep to collecting stats. “One day, I want to be a volleyball coach,” he says.

His coaching dream came partially true this summer when he captained one of CCU's intramural softball team Tastes Like Chicken. Although the team placed next to last, Noce enjoyed being able to teach and coach people, some with little playing experience. “I played with some people who had never swung a bat before, people who had never attempted to catch a ball,” he says. Noce has also coached a YMCA youth soccer team. “For me, multitasking is a must.” 

One thing that is clear upon meeting Noce; he puts family first. This is evident by his  “assistant for the day,” his 11-year-old daughter Dominique. Noce also has a 12-year-old daughter named Auburn, who he also gets for a few weeks every summer and on the occasional holiday. Both live 14 hours away in Trumansburg, N.Y., but Noce makes the effort to see his kids whenever possible. “It gets hard, you know,” he says. “But I am a father, and I love being a father.” Dominique hugged her father after hearing this, adding “That is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard you say.” Family time is also extended to his mother and father, who have been married for 39 years and with whom he lives with in Conway. “If it wasn’t for them, I may have been sleeping in my car,” he says. “I am so thankful for them.”

When asked what has kept him at CCU for the past seven years, or if he has plans on leaving any time soon, Noce doesn’t hesitate before replying, “No. I’ve stayed because of the people here. You get a sense that they understand what you’re about. It’s also good to be around people who want to see you improve.”

 

 


 

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Brian Noce and his daughter Dominique, 11, who visited him at his work recently. Brian Noce works in Media Services Brian Noce with daughters Auburn, on left, and Dominique.
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