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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Defensive Coordinator

Phone (615) 547-1344
Email celliott@cumberland.edu

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

Year Position School Record Postseason
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