Nebraska’s coaching staff overhaul isn’t done yet. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Huskers will hire 63-year-old Bob Elliott to coach the safeties, replacing Bill Stewart, who took the defensive coordinator job at Rice.
Both the Omaha World-Herald’s Rich Kaipust and Sam McKewon and 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reported the hiring late Wednesday night. Elliott most recently coached safeties at Notre Dame and worked under Bob Diaco from 2012-2013. Diaco became Nebraska’s defensive coordinator last month after being fired as UConn’s head coach.
Elliott played at Iowa from 1972-1975, then began his coaching career with the Hawkeyes. He’s served on a variety of staffs during the last 40 years, primarily coaching the secondary.
As the World-Herald notes, Elliott would be the veteran exception on a young defensive coaching staff. Diaco is 43, defensive line coach John Parrella is 47, while both Trent Bray (linebackers) and Donte Williams (cornerbacks) are 34.
Bob Elliott coaching history
1976: Iowa Graduate Assistant
1977: Kent State Secondary
1978-79: Ball State Secondary
1980: Ball State Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
1981-82: Iowa State Secondary
1983-86: North Carolina Wide Receivers/Tight End
1987-94: Iowa Secondary
1996-97: Iowa Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
1998: Iowa Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ Outside Linebackers
2000-01: Iowa State Associate Head Coach/Secondary/Special Teams
2002-05: Kansas State Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
2006-07: San Diego State Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
2008: San Diego State Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ Inside Linebackers
2010-11: Iowa State Secondary
2012-13: Notre Dame Safeties
2014: Notre Dame Outside Linebackers
2015-16: Notre Dame Special Assistant to the Head Coach