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Chuck Noe, 79, college basketball coach

RICHMOND, Va. -- Chuck Noe, who coached basketball at three Virginia colleges and was Virginia Commonwealth's athletic director in the 1970s, died Monday at 79.


Mr. Noe coached Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth as well as South Carolina. He was at VMI in the mid-1950s before going to Virginia Tech, where he led the Hokies to a 109-51 record in seven seasons. In 1962, Mr. Noe went to South Carolina for two years.

Mr. Noe arrived at Virginia Commonwealth in 1970 and was athletic director and basketball coach for six years. The Rams made the transition from Division II to Division I during his stay.

"Chuck was truly one of the most knowledgeable coaches I've ever known," former North Carolina coach Dean Smith told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "He was surely great for the game."

A native of Louisville, Ky., Mr. Noe played minor league baseball for Double-A San Antonio in 1948. He had been called up by the Boston Red Sox to finish that season but broke his ankle sliding, ending his pro career.

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