WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue vice president and athletics director Mike Bobinski announced the promotion of Norbert Elliott to head coach of the Boilermakers' track & field/cross country program Thursday.
"Based on the dramatic improvement and recent success of our program, it made great sense to look first within our own staff for our next head coach," Bobinski said. "In Norbert Elliott, we have a proven and talented coach who has been instrumental in the recruitment and development of many of our most successful student-athletes. Norbert is a quality person with tremendous character, and he brings experience as a former head coach, a top-level assistant at nationally successful programs, and as an Olympic and World Championships coach. I am excited for him to lead our program."
Elliott has been at Purdue for six years, most recently serving as associate head coach since July of 2015, working with the sprinters, hurdlers, horizontal jumpers and relay teams.
"Coach Elliott has a history of developing talent and is a proven leader," said associate athletics director Calvin Williams, who oversees the track & field program. "I have every confidence he will continue the momentum he has helped establish at Purdue over the last six years."
The Purdue women finished eighth at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships and were 2017 Big Ten outdoor champions. They placed 14th at the last two NCAA Indoor Championships. At the same time, the men finished 13th and 15th at the 2016 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, respectively.
"I am truly honored to be named the head track & field/cross country coach at Purdue University," Elliott said. "I would like to thank Mike Bobinski and Calvin Williams for having the confidence in me to lead one of the best track & field programs in the country. We will continue to build on all our successes. I am excited and can't wait to hit the ground running in this new adventure."
During Elliott's tenure, the women's sprinter and hurdlers have experienced tremendous success, headlined by eight-time All-American Devynne Charlton. Carmiesha Cox earned All-America honors as a member of 4x100-meter relay teams, running some of the top 60-, 100- and 200-meter dashes in program history, as did Savannah Carson, Autumn Heath, Sekayi Bracey and Yakira Love.
On the men's side, Waseem Williams took home 2018 Big Ten titles in the 60 meters and 100 meters, advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and earning second team All-America honors. Elliott coached the 4x100-meter relay team of Williams, Malcolm Dotson, Gerald McGee and Shawndail McLaren to the NCAA Championships this season and achieve honorable mention All-America recognition.
Elliott's first men's sprint superstar with the Boilermakers was Raheem Mostert, who took home four gold medals at the conference meets in 2014 and was named the Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Championships. He topped the field in both the 60 meters and 200 meters indoors and followed up with outdoor 100-meter and 200-meter titles, setting Purdue's 60-meter record and posting top-five school marks in all four races.
In all, Elliott has coached more than 50 All-Americans and eight individual NCAA champions.
Elliott came to Purdue from Campbell University, where he was the head track & field and cross country coach in 2011-12. Prior to his stint with the Camels, he was an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for seven years. He previously served as head coach at Murray State University for two years, assistant coach at the University of Georgia for nine years and assistant coach at the University of Texas-El Paso for three years.
While with Tennessee, Elliott was the recruiting coordinator for Caribbean student-athletes. He also helped coach his student-athletes to 29 All-America certificates, two NCAA Championships, eight SEC individual championships and five school records. Among his standouts was Aries Merritt, NCAA champion and current world record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles. His excellence with the sprints led Elliott to be honored as the 2007 Mideast Assistant Sprints Coach of the Year.
Elliott boasts an impressive international coaching resume, as well.
In 2001, Elliott was selected as the head men's team coach of the Bahamas at the World Championships in Canada. There, he coached the men's 400-meter world champion, women's 200-meter world champion and bronze medalist, and men's 4x400-meter silver medal team.
At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Elliott coached Debbie Ferguson, a finalist in the 100 meters and 200 meters and a member of the gold-medal winning 4x100-mter relay team. Elliott coached jumps for the World Junior Champions Team for the Bahamas in 2000 and the Bahamian World Championships women's finalists in the 100 meters and 200 meters in 1999. He also has coached numerous World Championships medalists from the Bahamas and Iceland, including a stint as head coach of the Bahamas National Team at the Central America and Caribbean Meet in Guatemala in 1995.
Elliott is married to assistant track & field coach and former Boilermaker standout Angela (Goodman) Elliott.