Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
High School: West High School
College: Iowa (History, 1976)
Children: Son: Grant; Daughter: Jessica
1976 Iowa Graduate Assistant
1977 Kent State Secondary
1978-79 Ball State Secondary
1980 Ball State Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
1981-82 Iowa State Secondary
1983-86 North Carolina Wide Receivers/Tight End
1987-94 Iowa Secondary
1996-97 Iowa Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
1998 Iowa Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
2000-01 Iowa State Associate Head Coach/Secondary/Special Teams
2002-05 Kansas State Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
2006-07 San Diego State Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
2008 San Diego State Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
2010-11 Iowa State Secondary
2012-13 Notre Dame Safeties
2014 Notre Dame Inside Linebackers
1983 North Carolina Peach
1986 North Carolina Aloha
1987 Iowa Holiday
1988 Iowa Peach
1991 Iowa Rose
1991 Iowa Holiday
1993 Iowa Alamo
1996 Iowa Alamo
1997 Iowa Sun
2000 Iowa State Insight.com
2001 Iowa State Independence
2002 Kansas State Holiday
2004 Kansas State Fiesta
2011 Iowa State Pinstripe
2012 Notre Dame BCS National Championship
2013 Notre Dame Pinstripe
1972-75 Iowa Defensive Back
- Spent 31 of his 35 seasons coaching defense, primarily as a defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator. Served as defensive coordinator for a combined 11 years at San Diego State, Kansas State, Iowa and Ball State.
- Will work with the Irish inside linebackers in 2014.
- In 2013, Notre Dame ranked 15th in the FBS in fewest passing yards allowed/game (198.2), 16th in passing yards allowed/completion (10.73) and 17th in passing yards allowed/attempt (6.31).
- Austin Collinsworth ranked tied for 136th in the FBS in interceptions (0.20/game) in 2013. He became the first Irish player with an interception in three consecutive games since Kyle McCarthy in 2009.
- Elliott was critical in the development of Notre Dame's inexperienced secondary in '12. The Irish ranked among the top 20 FBS schools in the following pass defense categories: fewest passing yards/completion (9.95, 2nd), fewest touchdown passes (11, t-6th), pass efficiency defense (111.36, 16th), interceptions (16, t-20th), fewest passing yards/attempt (5.98, 13th) interception percentage (3.69, 24th), and pass defense (199.77, 25th).
- Has had three two-year coaching stints at Iowa State in the last 30 years and most recently served as the Cyclones' secondary coach from 2010-11.
- Helped improve Iowa State, which ranked 84th in pass efficiency defense the season before he arrived to 46th after his arrival. He also helped Iowa State improve 29 spots in the pass defense rankings from 2009 to 2011.
- Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for three seasons at San Diego State from 2006-08. Added the duties of inside linebackers coach in 2008. He worked in the Aztecs athletics department in 2009.
- In his first year at San Diego State, Elliott's defense allowed only 171.0 passing yards/game and ranked second in pass defense in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs allowed scores on only 67.3 percent of opponent red zone trips to rank second in the conference.
- Defensive coordinator at Kansas State from 2002-05 and helped the Wildcats to a 31-19 record, including four wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
- K-State recorded two 11-win seasons, claimed the school's first Big 12 championship and advanced to the 2003 Fiesta Bowl - the first BCS bowl appearance in school history.
- In his four seasons as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator, Elliott's defenses allowed an average of 111.6 rushing yards/game and 194.1 passing yards/game.
- Kansas State intercepted 58 passes from 2002-05 and returned 12 interceptions for touchdowns.
- Twelve of Elliott's players received all-Big 12 accolades and four players were drafted.
- The 2002 defense directed by Elliott led the nation in scoring defense (11.8 points/game), ranked second in total defense (249.0 yards) and rushing defense (69.5 yards) and was third in pass efficiency defense (91.7).
- The 69.5 rushing yards allowed/game in 2002 was a school record while the 11.8 points/game were the second-fewest allowed by a K-State defense. The 249.0 total yards permitted was third-best in Wildcats history.
- Cornerback Terence Newman was a consensus All-American at Kansas State in 2002 and was recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award. Newman was named 2002 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and became the fifth overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
- Elliott's defense intercepted 20 passes in '02 and five picks were returned for touchdowns to set a school record.
- The 40 combined interceptions in Elliott's first two seasons as Kansas State defensive coordinator were the second most in school history.
- Elliott's defense in his second season at Kansas State ranked sixth nationally in total defense (283.1 yards/game), seventh in pass defense (174.6), eighth in scoring defense (16.3 points) and 17th in rushing defense (108.8 yards). The Wildcats set a school record with 51 sacks in 2003.
- Linebacker Josh Buhl broke the school record with 184 tackles in 2003 en route to being named a first-team All-American by Sporting News and a second-team All-American by Associated Press and Sports Illustrated.
- From 2000-01, Elliott was the Iowa State associate head coach and worked with the Cyclones secondary and coordinated the special teams.
- Elliott's secondary recorded 18 interceptions in 2001, the most by an Iowa State secondary in 25 years. The Cyclones ranked fourth nationally in passing defense (151.8 yards/game) and 21st in pass efficiency defense.
- Iowa State defensive backs intercepted 10 passes in 2000, the most in eight years.
- The Cyclone special teams shined in 2000, blocking seven kicks to lead the Big 12. Kick returner J.J. Moses earned first-team all-Big 12 accolades.
- Member of the Iowa athletics department from 1987-99. He was on Hayden Fry's coaching staff from 1987-94 and from 1996-98. In 1999, Elliott served as a special assistant to Iowa athletics director Bob Bowlsby. Elliott was executive director of the University of Iowa Alumni Association in 1995.
- Served as secondary coach from 1987-94. He returned as defensive coordinator from 1996-98 and added the title assistant head coach in 1998. Elliott's position group switched to the outside linebackers from 1996-98.
- Elliott coached seven first-team all-Big Ten selections and eight second-team all-conference players at Iowa. The Hawkeyes were 74-52-5 (.584) in his tenure and helped Iowa appear in seven bowl games.
- In his 11 seasons coaching at Iowa, opposing quarterbacks completed only 51.6 percent of passes and averaged only 176.9 yards/game. Six of Elliott's players rank in the top 10 in career interceptions at Iowa.
- The 1997 defense coordinated by Elliott ranked among the best in the Big Ten and the nation. The Hawks ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, seventh in total defense and 11th in rushing defense. Iowa recorded three shutouts in 1997 and held two other opponents to only one touchdown.
- Defensive lineman Jared DeVries was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1997 and was a consensus All-American in 1998 en route to setting the career school record for tackles for loss and sacks.
- Iowa led the Big Ten in pass defense in two seasons between 1987-94 and had the best third-down defense four times in that eight-year window.
- Former NFL All-Pro safety Merton Hanks was a top defensive back for Elliott and helped Iowa win the Big Ten in 1990 and play in the 1991 Rose Bowl. Hanks was a first-team All-American.
- Only stint coaching offense came at North Carolina from 1983-86 (wide receivers and tight ends).
- Prior to North Carolina, made his first stop at Iowa State as the secondary coach from 1981-82. The Cyclones pass defense in 1982 led the Big Eight and produced professionals Ron Osborne and John Arnaud.
- Earned his first defensive coordinator position at Ball State in 1980 after serving as the Cardinals' secondary coach the previous two seasons.
- First full-time coaching job was as the secondary coach at Kent State in 1977 and he served as a graduate assistant at Iowa in 1976.
- Son of former Iowa athletics director and Michigan head football coach Bump Elliott .
- Graduated with high distinction from Iowa.
- Candidate for Rhodes Scholarship in 1976 and was named an Academic All-American in 1974 and 1975.
- NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.
Josh Buhl, LB (Kansas State)
- First-Team All-American; Butkus Award semifinalist
Terence Newman, DB (Kansas State), Dallas Cowboys
- 2002 Consensus All-American; Thorpe Award winner; Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year; fifth overall pick in 2003 NFL Draft
Merton Hanks, DB (Iowa)
- First-Team All-American
Tom Knight, DB (Iowa)
- First-round NFL Draft pick in 1997 by Arizona Cardinals