Harold Elliott

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Harold Elliott
Elliott, c. 2000
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1931-12-24)December 24, 1931
Miami County, Kansas
Died November 1, 2005(2005-11-01) (aged 73)
Lubbock, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Southwestern (KS)
Emporia State
UT Arlington
Northwest Missouri State
Eastern New Mexico
Head coaching record
Overall 205–179–9
Bowls 0–1
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
3 KCAC (1964, 1967–1968)
2 GPAC (1972–1973)
1 Southland (1981)
3 Lone Star South Division (1999–2000, 2004)
Div Coach of the Year (3 times)[1]
GPAC Coach of the Year (2 times)[2]
NAIA Area III Coach-of-the-Year (2 times))[2]
NAIA District 10 Coach of the Year (4 times)[2]

Harold "Bud" Elliott (December 24, 1931 – November 1, 2005) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas (1964–1968), Washburn University (1969–1970), Emporia State University (1971–1973), the University of Texas at Arlington (1974–1983), Northwest Missouri State University (1988–1993), and Eastern New Mexico University (1994–2004), compiling a career college football record of 205–179–9. Elliott won more games than any other head coach in the history of Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds football program.[3] He coached football at high school and collegiate levels for over 40 years.[4] In his last season of coaching in 2004, Elliott became the 46th head coach in NCAA football history to reach 200 wins. At the time of his retirement, he ranked third in victories among active NCAA Division II coaches.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Elliott was born on December 24, 1931 in Miami County, Kansas to Ellis Lucille and Harold Francis Elliott. He was raised in Drexel, Missouri and graduated from Drexel High School.[6] Elliott received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Baker University in 1953 and later earned a master's degree in school administration from Wichita State University in 1963.[3]

Elliott did not participate in football as a player, but did participate in basketball and track & field at Baker. In 1990, he was inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

High school football[edit]

Elliott began his football coaching career with 11 years as a high school head coach in Kansas. He coached at Turon High School (1953–1955), Geneseo High School (1955–1958), Mulvane High School (1958–1960) and Kansas City's Turner High School (1960–1964) before moving on to the college level.[5]

Southwestern College[edit]

Elliott was the 18th football coach for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders in Winfield, Kansas and held that position 5 seasons, from 1964 to 1968. His overall coaching record at Southwestern was 37–7–3. This ranks him fourth at Southwestern in terms of total wins and first at Southwestern in terms of total winning percentage (as of completion of the 2007 season).[8]

Washburn University[edit]

Elliott was the 30th head football coach for Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and he held that position for two seasons, from 1969 until 1970. His overall coaching record at Washburn was 10–8–2. This ranks him 15th at Washburn in terms of total wins and 17th at Washburn in terms of winning percentage.[9]

Emporia State University[edit]

Elliott was the 17th head football coach at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas for three seasons, 1971 to 1973. In his three years at ESU, Elliott compiled a record of 17–11–1. This ranks him seventh at ESU in terms of total wins and fifth at ESU in terms of winning percentage.[10]

Highlights of his tenure at ESU included an appearance in the 1972 Boot Hill Bowl and opening the 1973 season at 7–0 before dropping last two games. His .583 winning percentage is the fifth best in school history among coaches with at least two years at Emporia State. ESU drew their biggest crowd in school history to a 10–0 win over Northern Colorado in 1973 Coach Elliott.[11]

University of Texas at Arlington[edit]

Elliott coached at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1974 until 1983. He earned Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1981 after coaching UT-A to the Southland Conference championship.[12] In 1979, he received the Dallas Sports Association Award of Merit and was the runner-up in voting for the Texas Sports Writers' Coach of the Year Award.[5]

Elliott was the 12th head coach for the Mavericks and he held that position for ten seasons. His career coaching record at UT Arlington was 46–64. This ranks him third at UT Arlington in total wins and tenth at UT Arlington in winning percentage.[13] The school discontinued its football team after completion of the 1985 season.[14]

Northwest Missouri State University[edit]

Elliott was the 16th head football coach at Northwest Missouri State University for six seasons from 1988 to 1993. During this time, he compiled a record of 27–39–1, with only two winning seasons. However, he did take the Bearcats to the NCAA Division II playoffs in his second season in 1989. He is ranked tenth at NWMSU in both total wins and winning percentage as of the 2007 season.[15]

Eastern New Mexico University[edit]

Elliott concluded his 37-year collegiate head coaching career in 2004 after 11 seasons at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) of the Lone Star Conference. His overall record at Eastern was 68–49–2. The 68 wins were the most by a head coach in the team's history, while his .580 winning percentage meant that he was ranked sixth at Eastern in that category.[16] He guided the Greyhounds to Lone Star Conference South Division co-championships in 1999 and 2000.[5]

Elliott achieved his 200th NCAA career coaching victory at ENMU by shutting out Southwestern Oklahoma State University by a score of 39–0 on September 11, 2004.[17] In his 11 years of coaching at ENMU, his team completed seven consecutive winning seasons and nine winning seasons overall.[18] In 2005, he was succeeded Mark Ribaudo as Eastern New Mexico University's head football coach.[19]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southwestern Moundbuilders (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1964–1968)
1964 Southwestern 8–1 7–1 1st
1965 Southwestern 5–3–1 5–2–1
1966 Southwestern 8–2 7–2
1967 Southwestern 9–0–1 9–0 1st
1968 Southwestern 7–1–1 6–1–1 1st
Southwestern: 37–7–3 34–6–2
Washburn Ichabods (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1969–1970)
1969 Washburn 5–5 3–3
1970 Washburn 5–3–2
Washburn: 10–8–2
Emporia State Hornets (Great Plains Athletic Conference) (1971–1973)
1971 Emporia State 3–6–1
1972 Emporia State 7–4 1st L Boot Hill
1973 Emporia State 7–2 1st
Emporia State: 17–12–1
UT Arlington Mavericks (Southland Conference) (1974–1983)
1974 UT Arlington 1–10 1–4 5th
1975 UT Arlington 4–7 1–4 5th
1976 UT Arlington 5–6 3–2 3rd
1977 UT Arlington 5–6 3–2 3rd
1978 UT Arlington 5–6 3–2 3rd
1979 UT Arlington 9–2 4–1 2nd
1980 UT Arlington 3–8 3–2 3rd
1981 UT Arlington 6–5 4–1 1st
1982 UT Arlington 3–8 1–4 T–5th
1983 UT Arlington 5–6 2–4 T–5th
UT Arlington: 46–64 25–26
Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1988–1993)
1988 Northwest Missouri State 2–9 2–4 T–4th
1989 Northwest Missouri State 9–3 8–2 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
1990 Northwest Missouri State 2–8–1 2–7 T–8th
1991 Northwest Missouri State 5–6 4–5 T–6th
1992 Northwest Missouri State 6–5 6–3 T–3rd
1993 Northwest Missouri State 3–8 3–6 T–6th
Northwest Missouri State: 27–39–1 25–27
Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds (Lone Star Conference) (1994–2004)
1994 Eastern New Mexico 6–4–1 1–3–1 5th
1995 Eastern New Mexico 6–4–1 3–3–1 5th
1996 Eastern New Mexico 3–8 2–5 T–6th
1997 Eastern New Mexico 5–6 3–6 T–6th (South)
1998 Eastern New Mexico 8–3 6–3 T–3rd (South)
1999 Eastern New Mexico 8–3 6–3 T–1st (South)
2000 Eastern New Mexico 6–4 5–3 1st (South)
2001 Eastern New Mexico 6–4 4–4 T–5th (South)
2002 Eastern New Mexico 8–3 5–3 T–3rd (South)
2003 Eastern New Mexico 6–5 3–5 T–4th (South)
2004 Eastern New Mexico 6–5 5–4 T–1st (South)
Eastern New Mexico: 68–49–2 43–42–2
Total: 205–179–9
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