Noel joined the San Jose Police Department in 1962. He worked several units until he retired in 1993. Noel went to Oakland High School where he played baseball. He led the league in hitting while leading them to a championship and made All League his senior year. Noel moved on to play baseball at Oakland City College in 1960 & 1961. His City College team finished 2nd in the state. In 1962, Noel played baseball at San Jose State University. His SJSU team won the conference that year. After college, he played on a semi-pro baseball team sponsored by the Atlanta Braves.
In 1963, Noel joined the San Jose Police Department Fast Pitch Softball Team and played until 1979. After Fast Pitch was dropped as a Police Olympics sport, he played Slow Pitch Softball. He played slow pitch and did some managing until he retired. He also played basketball and golf. Noel won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in all three sports while competing at the California Police Olympics and the World Police & Fire Games.
Since retiring, Noel continued playing Slow Pitch Softball. He joined the Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County. He is currently playing and managing the Over 70 Raptors Softball Team. He has played and managed teams that have won National Championships in ASA, USSSA, SSWC, ISA, LVSSA and SPA.
During his slow pitch career, Noel served as President of the Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County and the Northern California Senior Softball Association. Presently he is the Team Ranking Chairman for Northern California overseeing 110 teams.
Noel was selected to the Senior National Softball Hall of Fame in 2007 and to the Northern California Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.
For his outstanding athletic achievements, Office Noel Lanctot is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.