Dee Nocero is in her second season as a graduate assistant coach at Illinois State. Nocero's position at Illinois State is her first in collegiate soccer coaching.
In 2009, Nocero assisted the Redbirds to a winning 12-7-1 season and 2009 MVC Tournament Championship victory. Nocero and the coaching staff were named the 2009 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Nocero was a forward at Ball State for four years and served as team captain as a senior. The most prolific scorer in Ball State history, Nocero holds the school records for goals (30) and points (76) and ranks second in assists (16). Each of her four seasons as a Cardinal rank in the schools top-10 in single-season goals and points rankings. As a sophomore, Nocero recorded 26 points on 10 goals and six assists, which all rank second on Ball State's single-season list. A three-time Mid-American Conference (MAC) First-Team selection, Nocero earned three MAC Player of the Week awards and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Region Team as a junior and senior.
A two-time MAC All-Academic and Verizon Academic All-District First Team selection and an NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-Central Region First Team honoree in 2004, Nocero earned her bachelor's degree in telecommunications with a minor in film from Ball State in 2005.
Nocero spent three years as an editor of new media with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. In her role with the Browns, Nocero was responsible for producing and editing video clips for television and the team Web site.