HEAD COACH JARED ELLIOTT
When searching for the Leathernecks’ next head football coach, WIU’s Director of Athletics Matt Tanney didn’t have to look far. On Jan. 4, 2018, Jared Elliott, the program’s former assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator, was chosen to lead the next era in Western football.
Elliott rejoined the team in January of 2016 as an assistant coach for Charlie Fisher.
No stranger to success, he assisted WIU to 14 wins in his first two seasons, highlighted by an 8-4 record in the 2017 campaign. The Leathernecks concluded the latter slate with an appearance in the FCS Playoffs -- their second trip in three years -- and were also ranked ninth in the STATS FCS Top-25 poll.
In his role, Elliott coached quarterback Sean McGuire to a pair of honorable mentions on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference postseason list (2016 & 2017). He moved into the position of co-offensive coordinator just before the 2017 season, and helped Western to the 16th-best scoring offense in the FCS. The Leathernecks were also ranked 22nd in fourth down conversions, 23rd in third down conversions and 29th in passing offense.
Elliott, who worked at Western during the 2012 season, spent the previous three years (2013-15) at Carthage College as an assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator. In 2015, Carthage averaged more than 360 yards of total offense and finished 5-5. The program improved in each of the three years Elliott worked at Carthage, going from a 1-9 record in 2013 to 3-7 and .500 during the 2015 campaign.
During the 2012 season, Elliott and the Leathernecks started three different quarterbacks (including a true-freshman). He joined Western after serving as a graduate assistant for Fisher at Miami (Ohio). Elliott was a graduate assistant in both 2010 and 2011, and assisted in coaching the quarterbacks, was responsible for film breakdown, helped in recruiting and managed the scout teams. In 2011, he worked with the offensive line and tight ends.
Elliott worked as an assistant coach for wide receivers at Missouri Southern State University in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He conducted position meetings, film study, assisted in game planning, monitored the academic progress of his position group and ran field drills.
A native of Franklin, Tenn., Elliott was a quarterback and wide receiver at Miami (Ohio) from 2004 to 2007 and part of three Mid-American Conference championship teams. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and health with a minor in coaching.
Elliott and his wife Jamie have three daughters: Ava, Sadie and Clara.