Nebraska officially has a new football assistant.
The Huskers have added Bob Elliott to the coaching staff to lead the safeties. Elliott takes over for Brian Stewart, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Rice.
“Bob Elliott has great respect throughout football for his defensive knowledge and ability as a coach, teacher and recruiter,” Huskers head coach Mike Riley said in an official release. “The experience he brings to our staff will be a great asset as we install a new defensive system and build toward the future success of the Blackshirts.”
Bob Elliott joins Nebraska staff
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) February 13, 2017
Elliott was most recently at Notre Dame. He coached safeties (2012-13), outside linebackers (2014) and was the special assistant to the head coach (2015-16). From Iowa City, Iowa, Elliott played defensive back for the Hawkeyes from 1972 to 1975 and coached under Iowa legend Hayden Fry.
“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work at outstanding universities and with great coaches,” Elliott said in the release. “The opportunity to work under Coach Riley is an unbelievable honor. His reputation in the coaching profession is second to none. When you couple that with working in a program with the tradition and history of success of Nebraska, I couldn’t be more excited.”
Elliott started his coaching career at Iowa in 1976 as a grad assistant. He also coached at Kent State, Ball State, Iowa State, North Carolina, Kansas State and San Diego State. Most of his coaching experience has also been in the secondary.
While at Notre Dame, Elliott worked with then-Irish DC Bob Diaco, who’s the Huskers’ new defensive coordinator.
According to Omaha World-Herald reporter Rich Kaipust, Elliott’s 2-year contract will earn him $325,000 in 2017 and then $350,000 in 2018.
Per Nebraska, Bob Elliott signs two-year contract, to make $325,000 in 2017 and $350,000 in '18. Brian Stewart was $425,000 in '16. #Huskers
— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) February 13, 2017