Noll remembered as humble, passionate man at St. Vincent College



LATROBE, Pa. - The American flag was lowered to half-staff Saturday at Saint Vincent College in honor of legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who died Friday at his home in Sewickley at the age of 82.

The college, which is home to Steelers training camp, named its football field after Noll, who led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships during his 23 seasons as coach.

“Chuck Noll was a great leader, and Chuck Noll had a significant presence, of course, in Pittsburgh and we felt it particularly here at Saint Vincent,” said Father Paul Taylor.

Despite Noll’s unsurpassed success as a National Football League coach, he is remembered by Archabbot Douglas Nowicki as a humble man with a passion for the game of football and the players he coached.

“He had a spirit of humility about him that really was so characteristic of his behavior in the years that he served as coach,” said Nowicki. “He was able to experience defeat without being defeated. He was able to experience victory without letting it go to his head.”

Funeral arrangements for Noll have been made with John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. on Centre Avenue in Shadyside. Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6  to 8 p.m.

Bishop David Zubik will celebrate Noll’s funeral Mass on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.