Pine Valley’s Nobles earns CSHOF honor

Tim Nobles

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Timothy N. Nobles was born January 1, 1958 in Gowanda, New York. He is a 1975 graduate of Pine Valley Central School. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from SUNY Fredonia.

Tim became the head coach of the Pine Valley Central School’s girls’ basketball team in 1980 and began building the foundation of a program that became, arguably, the most successful in the sports history of Chautauqua County.

As head coach of the Lady Panthers from 1980-1996 and again from 1999-2014, Tim’s teams won 17 league titles: 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Twelve Section VI titles were achieved by the PVCS girls with Nobles in charge: 1998, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014. His teams also played in 8 other sectional finals.

Far West Regional Championships were captured eight times: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Nobles led his Lady Panther squads to six New York State basketball championships: 1991, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

His won/loss record during his tenure as head coach was 537-146, a 79% winning percentage.

From 1997 through 1999, Tim stepped aside to the varsity assistant/junior varsity coach to allow his friend, Jerry Skurcenski, to coach the Lady Panthers. The Skurcenski/Nobles combination secured two league titles in 1997 and 1998; three Section VI championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999; a Far West Regional title in 1997; and a NYS Class D Championship in ’97.

Tim was named The Post-Journal girls’ basketball Coach of the Year 6 times: ’90, ’91, ’92, ’95, ’03 and ’04; the Super 7 Coach of the Year in 1991; and the NYS Class D Coach of the Year in 2003.

He was inducted to the Pine Valley Wall of Fame in 2004, received the Grape Belt Sports Award in 2006 and was chosen as Pine Valley Teacher of the Year in 2012. The basketball court at PVCS is named “Tim Nobles Court” in his honor.

Nobles was elected to the Section VI Hall of Fame in 2018.

He is currently a teacher at Pine Valley and coaches modified boys’ and girls’ basketball at the school. He resides in South Dayton.


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