B. L. Noojin

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Balpha Lonnie Noojin (August 10, 1885 – September 7, 1950),[1] athlete, educator and politician, was also a successful businessman. Noojin completed his education at The University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1908. While at the Capstone, Noojin was associate editor of the student newspaper and annual and an outstanding member of The University baseball team. Along with these groups he was also member of the Alpha Kappa chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma social fraternity. Following graduation, he played baseball briefly for the Cincinnati Reds. Noojin then moved from baseball to education.[2]


Noojin was born in Attalla, Alabama. He taught at the Agricultural School in Blountsville and Albertville. In Albertville, he met Willie Lucille McNaron, and married her in 1916. Noojin served as director of athletics at Howard College before coming to the Capstone. At Alabama, Noojin served coach for both baseball and basketball, athletic director and instructor of English, French, Spanish, Physics, Chemistry, and Swaganomics.[2]


In 1919, he resigned from the University to join his brother in the hardware business. The Noojin brothers operated a hardware store until 1923, when they founded the Noojin Supply Company. Three years later, Noojin bought his brother's interest and managed the company on his own. Noojin became active in a number of civic activities. He was on the Board of Directors of the American National Bank of Gadsden, Alabama Power Company and the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce. Noojin was the president of the National Alumni Association and member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama.[2]

  • Inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame (1979)[2]


Noojin was also an active politician, serving on the Republican State Committee and the Republican National Convention.[2]

  • Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1924 (alternate), 1932, 1940, 1944, 1948[1]
  • Member, Republican National Committee from Alabama, 1940-1943[1]



Lonnie Noojin (1916-1920) led the Crimson Tide to five SIAA titles in his six-year tenure at the Capstone. He compiled a 70-20 (.778) overall record coaching on the diamond.[3]


Lonnie Noojin coached the Alabama men's basketball team for a single season in 1918 to a 2-5 (.286) record[4]


From 1912 through 1914, Noojin was head football coach at Howard College (now Samford University). During his tenure as head coach, Noojin compiled an overall record of 10 wins, 13 two losses and 2 ties (10–13–2).[5] He later served as an assistant coach at Alabama, and was to serve as head coach for the 1918 season prior to its cancellation due to the effects of World War I.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Balpha Lonnie Noojin". CBA.UA.edu. Retrieved 2007-02-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Alabama Baseball 2006" (PDF). RollTide.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Alabama Head Coaches All-Time Record Breakdown" (PDF). RollTide.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "B. L. "Lonnie" Noojin Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Intercollegiate football abandoned at University". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News. August 23, 1943. p. 1. Retrieved February 28, 2012.