Chris Elliott joined the Cumberland staff in March 2018 and will serve as the team's defensive coordinator this season.
Elliott spent the last six years as head coach at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., posting a 30-37 overall record. In his first season as head coach the Wildcats registered a 9-4 mark, winning the Mid-South Conference West Division as well as a first round game in the NAIA National Championships over Georgetown College.
Bethel finished 5-6 in 2014 and 7-4 in 2016 as well during his tenure as head coach. He worked with running backs, quarterbacks and receivers on offense and linebackers and defensive backs on defense while head coach at BU.
Elliott also spent eight years as an assistant coach at Bethel prior to taking over the head coaching duties, serving as the defensive line coach from 2004-06 and defensive coordinator from 2007-09. He was named Assistant Head Coach for two seasons, one while working with linebackers and the other as the team's offensive coordinator.
Bethel posted a 55-36 record during his eight years as an assistant coach with NAIA playoff appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2011. The Wildcats won the Mid-South Conference West Division in 2005-07 and 2011 while he was an assistant.
Before his tenure in McKenzie, he spent parts of five years at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona, Pa., working with quarterbacks and serving as offensive coordinator for two seasons. He also was a graduate assistant for one year at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., coaching tight ends and H-backs, where he served as a student assistant as an undergraduate.
Elliott received his bachelor's in Accounting from Saint Francis in 1997 and earned a master's in Education at Bethel in 2005. He is the married to the former Lindsay Hailey and the couple has two daughters, Emma and Erin.
Elliott's Coaching Career
|2017||Head Coach||Bethel University||3-7|
|2016||Head Coach||Bethel University||7-4|
|2015||Head Coach||Bethel University||4-7|
|2014||Head Coach||Bethel University||5-6|
|2013||Head Coach||Bethel University||2-9|
|2012||Head Coach||Bethel University||9-4||NAIA Playoffs Second Round|
|2011||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||8-3||NAIA Playoffs First Round|
|2010||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||5-5|
|2009||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||5-6|
|2008||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||4-6|
|2007||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||11-2||NAIA Playoffs Second Round|
|2006||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||10-3||NAIA Playoffs Second Round|
|2005||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||7-4|
|2004||Assistant Coach||Bethel University||5-7|
|2003||Assistant Coach||Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic HS|
|2002||Assistant Coach||Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic HS|
|2001||Assistant Coach||Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic HS|
|2000||Graduate Assistant||Saint Francis [PA] University||0-11|
|1999||Assistant Coach||Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic HS|
|1998||Assistant Coach||Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic HS|
|1996||Student Assistant||Saint Francis [PA] University||3-7|
|1995||Student Assistant||Saint Francis [PA] University||0-10|
|1994||Student Assistant||Saint Francis [PA] University||2-7-1|