Andy Noel attended Lancaster Catholic High School where he was the Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association (PCIAA) wrestling champ in 1968, posting a 22-0 record. His high school dual meet record was 38-4. He matriculated to F&M in the fall of 1968. Freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition but wrestled against other freshmen teams. During that season, he was unbeaten, untied and unscored upon in seven matches before an injury curtailed his season.
During the next three seasons, Noel was a middleweight starter and consistently gave his best performances against the best Division I competition that an EIWA school could find. Noel finished his varsity career at F&M unbeaten in home duals. He posted a 31-5 total dual meet record and never lost to an Ivy League opponent. He climaxed his senior year with a second place finish in the very competitive EIWA championships, losing to Lloyd Keaser of Navy, who went on to win a world championship. Andy was selected as the team's Most Valuable Wrestler of 1972 and received the Uncle Charlie Mayser Award.
He wrestled at 150 pounds and was co-captain as a junior and a senior. Noel graduated from F&M in 1972 with a major in history and would subsequently receive a Master of Arts from Colgate University. Following graduation, Noel worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Colgate and F&M before becoming the head coach at Cornell. His 14-year tenure with the Big Red included two EIWA team championships.
He was inducted into the New York Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in January 1992. He retired from active coaching in 1988 to assume the development responsibilities within the Cornell University athletic department. After successfully completing this challenge, Noel went into the retail side of the fitness industry before accepting an invitation to return to Cornell in 1997 as an Associate Director of Athletics. He currently resides in Ithaca, N.Y. with his two children.