A graduate of Frostburg, Paul Nolan was a teacher and coach for the Frederick County Public Schools system for more than 32 years in the Catoctin area. He began at Thurmont High School teaching history, but ended his career in physical education. At Thurmont Middle, he organized the first intramural program and the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams that played in the county league. In 1971, Nolan helped to organize the Catoctin High School football program and was an assistant coach for 22 years. In 1979, he was appointed Catoctin’s athletic director. As AD, Nolan established a family coaching attitude with all of the school coaches and organized a highly successful Football Mothers’ Club. He was instrumental in unifying students, parents and athletes as a sports community.