COLLEGE STATION – The head coach of the Texas A&M’s Women’s Basketball team is shaken up by the death of Noel Devin.
Firefighters found the bodies of Noel and her father, Thomas “Mac” Devin, Monday after putting out the fire that destroyed Noel’s home on Vinewood Drive in Bryan.
Police have arrested a man accused of breaking into Noel’s home, setting it on fire and stealing her SUV. Among the items police say they found in the Dennis Wayne Brown III’s motel room, a parking pass from last month’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. Noel, who worked for the ticket office of the 12th Man Foundation, made the trip to Lincoln last month with the Aggies for their games against DePaul and UConn.
Coach Gary Blair released this statement:
“Noel (Devin) was family, and her love for Texas A&M and all of her teams made her beloved to our players, parents, coaches and fans that she loved to work with. Noel embodied service and loyalty like all Aggies, but she took it to another level.
Her time on earth was too short, but the lives she touched along the way made each of us better and more appreciative of the people that work with us.
The meaning of Noel is Christmas. In short “People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience with a wealth of creative new ideas and the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive as well as unique, creative individuals.”
Thank you Noel for making each of us better.”