During his tenure at Mogadore High School (1951-58), he coached football, basketball, track and baseball and enjoyed markedly good success in all of them. However, it was football, a sport he excelled in at the University of Akron, that was Novell's favorite. In seven year, he never had a losing season. To the contrary - from 1953 to 1956, his Wildcat teams compiled the longest winning streak in Ohio with 30 consecutive victories. During that string of victories, his teams captured the Northeast Ohio Class B Championship in 1953(8-0) the Ohio Class B mythical championship in 1954 (10-0) and Summit County Championships in 1955, '56, and '57. Novell possessed a rare quality of creativity which was often demonstrated in his coaching. On one occasion, he played the entire game with only 10 players and still was victorious, and on another occasion, he had his team pass on every offensive play.