2002: One of the biggest players on the field at any time, Nolan was Marquette's most physical defender for four seasons. A starter in all 19 matches, Nolan made what was perhaps the biggest play of his career, saving a shot off the goal line late in a 1-0 win over Saint Louis (Sept. 7). Nolan was named to the Collegiate Team of the Week by Soccer America. Nolan continued to play with that abandon during the year. He was named third-team All-Conference following the year.
2001: Nolan again proved a defender can be an imposing presence on the field. A team captain, he started in all 21 matches and was integral to the Marquette defensive effort. He, along with Steve Lawrence and Adam Ubert, were part of Marquette's 0.93 goals against average total. He was also involved offensively, scoring three points on a goal and an assist. His score came in the third match of the season against Valparaiso (Sept. 7) and his assist was against DePaul (Sept. 3), one match earlier. He was active in the offense, firing 20 shots on the year.
2000: Of imposing size, Tom Nolan used his 6-4 frame to his advantage when playing on the defense. While not as active on offense as defense, Nolan used his height to generate scoring opportunities and to serve as a threat on a corner kick. Originally a forward in his first playing season, Nolan played more on the midfield serving less on the attack than he had in the previous year. Nolan competed in 15 matches, starting 14. He tallied seven shots on the year, but did not score a point.
1999: One of the most improved players in Conference USA, Nolan proved to be a talented forward who added a taller presence to Marquette frontline. He started 10 of the 16 matches in which he played, missing three games in the middle of the season with an ankle injury. He collected six points on two goals and two assists. Nolan made collegiate debut at Portland (Sept. 4) and earned first start against Washington (Sept. 6) in the Adidas Portland Invitational. He tallied his first collegiate points on diving header at Wis.-Milwaukee (Sept. 15). He recorded both of his assists at Northwestern (Sept. 19). He earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
1998: Did not play during his first season, thus earning a redshirt season.
At St. Viator: Nolan served as the Lions' captain and won Defensive MVP as a senior, when he led St. V to its second consecutive third-place finish in the Illinois playoffs. As a senior, he earned all-section and all-conference. He was a Chicago Tribune All-State Second Team selection and a Daily Herald and Pioneer Press All-Area First Team. Additionally, he was named to the Chicago Sun Times All-Area Third Team. As a junior he won the Lion Award from his high school. He finished his senior campaign with 23 points on nine goals and five assists. Nolan also captained basketball team as a senior, when he was an all-conference performer and a Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention selection. St. Viator's 1998 Athlete of the Year as a senior, Nolan was also a member of the National Honor Society. He was the winner of the Pat Mahoney Leadership Scholarship as a freshman and the Frank M. Covey Leadership Award as a senior.Nolan graduated with a 4.83 (out of 5.00) GPA.
Personal: Born August 19, 1980, Nolan is the son of Kathy and Tom Nolan. He has two younger sisters and one younger brother. His mother and father are both Marquette graduates. Nolan is a finance major.