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Coach Elston Signing Day Interview

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Notre Dame at Michigan (USATSI)

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Hometown: St. Marys, Ohio

High School: Memorial High School

College: Michigan (Sport Management and Communications, 1998)

Wife: Beth (Broyles)

Children: Daughters: Olivia, Sophia and Isabella


1997 Michigan Student Assistant

1998 Michigan Video Intern

1999-2000 Michigan Graduate Assistant (Outside Linebackers)

2001 Eastern Michigan Defensive Ends

2002-03 Eastern Michigan Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

2004 Central Michigan Defensive Line

2005 Central Michigan Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line

2006 Central Michigan Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator

2007-08 Cincinnati Tight Ends/ Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator

2009 Cincinnati Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator

2010-11 Notre Dame Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator

2012-14 Notre Dame Defensive Line


1998 Michigan Rose

1999 Michigan Citrus

2000 Michigan Orange

2001 Michigan Citrus

2006 Central Michigan Motor City

2007 Cincinnati

2009 Cincinnati Orange

2010 Cincinnati Sugar

2010 Notre Dame Sun

2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports

2012 Notre Dame BCS National Championship

2013 Notre Dame Pinstripe


1993-96 Michigan Outside Linebacker


1993 Michigan Hall of Fame

1994 Michigan Holiday

1995 Michigan Alamo

1996 Michigan Outback


  • Injuries mostly prevented the defensive line trio of Sheldon Day, Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt in 2013. The trio were on the field together for a total of 23 plays over Notre Dame's final 10 games of the season.
  • In addition to the season-ending injuries to Chase Hounshell and Tony Springmann, Elston was critical in the development of sophomore Jarron Jones, freshman Isaac Rochell and senior Kona Schwenke.
  • Led a defensive line unit that helped permit only four rushing touchdowns in 2012 (and the first did not come until the eighth game of the year). The Irish led the FBS in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed.
  • Coached defensive line that included the All-American tandem of Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III. Tuitt and Nix III were first set of Notre Dame defensive linemen to earn All-America status in same season since 1989.
  • Notre Dame held eight different opponents to under 100 yards rushing in '12. No FBS school held more BCS automatically-qualifying schools to sub-100 yard rushing games than Notre Dame in '12.
  • Notre Dame limited its foes to 3.47 yards per rush, which ranked 17th in the FBS. The Irish had not completed a season with a lower yards allowed per rush since 2004 when Notre Dame allowed 2.7 yards per carry.
  • George Atkinson ranked 19th in the nation in kickoff return average at 26.1 and was a key reason the Irish kick returns moved from 75th in the NCAA in 2010 to 36th in 2011.
  • Kicker David Ruffer converted more PATs without a miss in 2011 than anyone in Notre Dame history (47-47).
  • In first season at Notre Dame, helped turn around Irish defense as well as coordinated special-teams efforts that included an All-America caliber placekicker.
  • The defensive line aided the Irish efforts in holding opponents to 4.0 yards per carry in 2010, almost a yard fewer than the '09 Irish defense permitted.
  • Ruffer flourished with Elston's tutelage as he was named one of three finalists for the Groza Award, presented annually to college football's top kicker. He converted his first 18 field goal attempts of 2010 before missing his final kick of the season, snapping his school record streak for most consecutive made field goals in a season (18) and career (23).
  • In his only season as Cincinnati's defensive line coach, Elston was forced to replace all of his starters while helping to implement a new defensive scheme.
  • The results were an attacking defensive front in 2009 that limited its opponents to 3.6 rushing yards per carry and helped lead Cincinnati's defense to the third-most tackles for loss and 10th-most sacks in the nation.
  • The Bearcats' defensive line combined for 57 tackles for losses and 25.5 of the team's 37 sacks for the season.
  • Cincinnati was led in 2009 by Ricardo Mathews and Alex Daniels, two first-year starters at defensive end. Mathews received second-team all-BIG EAST honors and led Cincinnati with 12.5 tackles for loss. Daniels paced the defensive line with 56 tackles and led the team with 8.5 sacks.
  • Elston served as special teams coordinator in 2009 for the third straight season and helped Mardy Gilyard earn the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Gilyard averaged 30.5 yards on 42 kickoff returns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He also averaged 12.6 yards on 16 punt returns, including one punt return for TD.
  • Elston's kickoff return unit ranked second in the nation, averaging 28.5 yards per kickoff return, and only three schools returned more kickoffs for TDs than Cincinnati's three returns. His punt return unit averaged 13.0 yards per return which ranked 17th in the nation.
  • Under Elston's direction, Kevin Huber was selected as the first-team punter on the Associated Press All-America team in 2007 and 2008. Huber was also tabbed a first-team All-American in 2008 by the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America.
  • Cincinnati became only the fourth team in FBS history to lead the nation in net punting in consecutive seasons.
  • Gilyard also was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008 after leading the BIG EAST and ranking 11th nationally by averaging 27.6 yards on 36 kickoff returns.
  • In 2007, Huber was named a consensus All-American and recipient of the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year award after he led the nation averaging 46.9 yards per punt.
  • In 2006, he served as Central Michigan's special teams coordinator and linebackers coach and instructed two all-Mid-American Conference linebackers, including the top tackler in the league.
  • Spent 2005 as the Central Michigan co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. He worked directly with defensive end Dan Bazuin, who led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss and tied a MAC record with 16 sacks.


  • Elston was a member of Michigan's football team from 1993-96 and lettered for the Wolverines as an outside linebacker from 1994-96. Michigan finished in the top 20 each year he lettered, and he helped the Wolverines to a 25-12 record in his four seasons.


Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame)

  • 2012 Athlon First Team All-American
  • 2012 CBS Sports First Team All-American
  • 2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American

Louis Nix III (Notre Dame)

  • 2012 CBS Sports Third Team All-American

David Ruffer (Notre Dame)

  • 2010 Lou Groza Award finalist

Dan Bazuin (Central Michigan)

  • Led NCAA with 26.5 tackles for loss in 2005 and tied MAC record with 16 sacks; second-round NFL Draft pick of Chicago Bears in 2007

Kevin Huber (Cincinnati), Cincinnati Bengals

  • 2007 and 2008 first-team All-American; 2007 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year

Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), St. Louis Rams

  • 2008 and 2009 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year

Mike Elston
Mike  Elston

Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers

Alma Mater:
Michigan '98

Event Calendar


September 4
6:30 PM
Austin, Texas

September 10
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

September 17
7:30 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind.

September 24
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

October 1
East Rutherford, N.J.(MetLife Stadium)

October 8
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.

October 15
7:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

October 29
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

November 5
11:30 AM
Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)

November 12
2:30 PM
San Antonio, Texas(Alamodome)

November 19
3:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind.

November 26
Los Angeles, Calif.


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