Ellie Noack

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Distinguished Alumna


Ellie Noack completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (1953) and a Masters of Education (1959) at The University of Texas at Austin. A decade of teaching physical education took Noack from Robert E. Lee in Port Arthur, to Pershing Junior High in Houston, and back to Austin, where she taught at Baker Jr. High School, Austin High School and then to Lanier High School. In 1962, she became the Instructional Coordinator for Physical Education for all of Austin Independent School District (AISD).  One of her most important achievements during her time in this position was the expansion of competitive sport opportunities for girls through the development of awomen’s intramural program for both junior and senior high schools. Noack was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for AISD in 1974—the first woman to hold that position.  Six years later Noack was named AISD Athletic Director, putting her in charge of all AISD men’s and women’s sports. Again, Noack was the first woman to hold the AD title in a multi-school district in the state of Texas.  From the moment EllieNoack became involved in Athletic Administration, she was a pioneer. She strove to expand girls athletics programs and increase participation, establishing all-city tournaments and meets for girls in a multitude of sports. Her many achievements have been recognized by the Texas Athletic Directors Association who inducted Ellie to its Hall of Honor in 2001, and by AISD who, in 2003, named the beautiful sport facility it built near LBJ High School the Ellie Noack Sports Complex in her honor.