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Bethel stays in-house with football choice

Bethel stays in-house with football choice
Chris Elliott as the new head coach of the Bethel University program.
Elliott takes over for Dino Kaklis who recently resigned. Elliott is the 10th coach in the history of the program.
Elliott just completed his eighth season with the Bethel Wildcat football program, serving as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator this past year.
Prior to 2011, Elliott served as outside linebackers coach (2010), defensive coordinator (2007-09), and defensive line coach (2004-07).
He has coached three All-Conference defensive linemen.
Elliott was an assistant coach in the Victory Sports Network Senior All-Star Classic in 2007. He was also on the staff when Bethel played in the Polk County Classic in 2004.
Before joining the Wildcat coaching staff, Elliott was a three-year student assistant (1994-1996) and a graduate assistant (2000) at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania (NCAA FCS).
After his 1997 graduation from St. Francis with a bachelor of science degree in accounting, Elliott served as assistant coach and offensive coordinator for Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Altoona, Penn. Elliott served under his former coach and mentor Tom Irwin, who is a Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame member, Blair County Sports Hall of Fame member and Bishop Guilfoyle Ring of Honor member.
Elliott received his masters of arts in education degree from Bethel in 2005.
He is married to Lindsay Hailey Elliott, a 2002 graduate of Belmont University and 2006 (M.A.) graduate of Tennessee Tech.
Lindsay is an assistant professor of health and physical education in Bethel University’s College of Liberal Arts. Chris and Lindsay make their home in McKenzie.
“It truly is an honor to be chosen to lead our football program,” Elliott said. “It is a responsibility that I accept and take very serious. My wife, Lindsay, and I are excited for the opportunity to remain in McKenzie and continue our careers at Bethel.”
“We are very excited coach Elliott is willing to accept this challenge of being our head coach,” Bethel athletic director Glenn Hayes said.
Published in The Messenger 1.27.12

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