UND Staff

Bob Elliot

Special Assistant to the Head Coach



Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

High School: West High School

College: Iowa (History, 1976)

Wife: Joey

Children: Son: Grant; Daughter: Jessica


1972-75 Iowa Defensive Back


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


1983 North Carolina (Peach)

1986 North Carolina (Aloha)

1987 Iowa (Holiday)

1988 Iowa (Peach)

1991 Iowa (Rose)

1991 Iowa (Holiday)

1993 Iowa (Alamo)

1996 Iowa (Alamo)

1997 Iowa (Sun)

2000 Iowa State (Insight.com)

2001 Iowa State (Independence)

2002 Kansas State (Holiday)

2004 Kansas State (Fiesta)

2011 Iowa State (Pinstripe)

2012 Notre Dame (BCS National Championship)

2013 Notre Dame (Pinstripe)

2014 Notre Dame (Music City)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


  • Son of former Iowa athletics director and Michigan head football coach Bump Elliott
  • Graduated with high distinction from Iowa
  • 1976 Rhodes Scholarship candidate; named Academic All-American in 1974 and 1975
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient; member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies


  • Second season as the special assistant to the Notre Dame head coach in 2016
  • Involved in numerous areas of the program including player personnel, analytics, defensive strategy, game planning and on-campus recruiting
  • Spent 32 of his 36 seasons coaching defense, primarily as a defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator. Served as defensive coordinator for a combined 11 years at San Diego State, Kansas State, Iowa and Ball State.
  • Worked with the Irish outside linebackers in 2014.
  • Served as defensive coordinator for a combined 11 years at San Diego State (2006-08), Kansas State (2002-05), Iowa (1996-98) and Ball State (1980)
  • Coached safeties in a Notre Dame secondary that helped the Irish rank 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in fewest passing yards allowed per game (198.2), 16th in passing yards allowed per completion (10.73) and 17th in passing yards allowed per attempt (6.31)
  • Critical in the development of Notre Dame’s inexperienced secondary in 2012
  • Coached secondary that helped the Irishrank among the top 20 FBS schools in thefollowing pass defense categories: fewest pass yards per completion (9.95, 2nd), fewest touchdown passes (11, t-6th), pass efficiency (111.36, 16th), interceptions (16, t-20th), fewest pass yards per attempt (5.98,13th) interception percentage (3.69, 24th) and pass defense (199.77, 25th)
  • Experienced three separate two-year coaching stints at Iowa State in the last 30 years and most recently served as the Cyclones’ secondary coach from 2010-11
  • Spent three seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at San Diego State (2006-08)
  • Defense allowed only 171.0 passing yards per game and ranked second in pass defense in the Mountain West Conference in his first year at San Diego State
  • Served as the defensive coordinator at Kansas State for four years (2002-05) and helped the Wildcats to a 31-19 record, including four wins over nationally-ranked opponents
  • Part of a coaching staff at Kansas State that helped the Wildcats record a pair of 11-win seasons, claim the school’s first Big 12 championship and advance to the 2003 Fiesta Bowl – thefirst BCS bowl appearance in school history
  • Guided defenses at Kansas State that allowed an average of 111.6 rushing yards per game, 194.1 passing yards per game over his four seasons as defensive coordinator
  • Elliott’s 2002 defense led the nation in scoring defense (11.8 points per game), ranked second in total defense (249.0 yards) and rushing defense (69.5 yards) and was third in pass efficiency defense (91.7)
  • Mentored Kansas State cornerback Terence Newman, who was a consensus All-American in 2002 and recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award
  • Helped Newman capture the 2002 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and become the fifth overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys
  • Oversaw a defense in his second season at Kansas State that ranked sixth nationally in total defense (283.1 yards per game), seventh in pass defense (174.6), eighth in scoring defense (16.3 points) and 17th in rushing defense (108.8 yards)
  • Served as the Iowa State associate head coach, secondary coach and special teams coordinator from 2000-01
  • Member of the Iowa athletics department for 13 years (1987-99), including 11 years as anassistant coach (1987-94, 1996-98)
  • Served as the Iowa secondary coach for eight years (1987-94)
  • Returned as defensive coordinator for three years (1996-98) and added the title assistant head coach in 1998
  • Coordinated a 1997 Iowa defense that fourth nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, seventh in total defenseand 11th in rushing defense
  • Mentored Jared DeVries who was named 1997 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and 1998 consensus All-American
  • Coached former NFL All-Pro safety Merton Hanks at Iowa, who earned first-team All-America accolades
  • Only stint coaching offense came at North Carolina from 1983-86 (wide receivers and tight ends)
  • First stop at Iowa State came as the secondary coach for two years (1981-82)
  • First job as defensive coordinator came at Ball State in 1980
  • First full-time coaching job was as the secondary coach at Kent State in 1977


Terence Newman, DB (Kansas State)

  • 2002 Consensus All-American
  • 2002 Thorpe Award winner
  • 2002 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2003 NFL Draft First Round pick (Dallas Cowboys)

Josh Buhl, LB (Kansas State)

  • 2003 First Team All-American
  • 2003 Butkus Award semifinalist

Merton Hanks, DB (Iowa)

  • 1990 First Team All-American

Tom Knight, DB (Iowa)

  • 1997 NFL Draft First Round pick (Arizona Cardinals)