Mark Elliott enters his second season as Clemson's head coach for men's and women's track & field and cross country in 2014-15. Elliott came to Clemson after coaching 20 seasons with LSU track & field, the last eight of which were as assistant head coach. He directly worked with LSU's middle distance and distance runners, and was instrumental in the recruiting efforts for the combined program.
In his first season with the Tigers, Elliott's athletes combined to record six All-America honors and nine All-ACC performances. He and his staff were also responsible for signing a highly decorated 2014 recruiting class, particularly on the women's side.
Elliott brought a winning pedigree to Clemson, as he helped the LSU men's program to NCAA Championship indoor crowns in 2001 and 2004, and to an outdoor title in 2002. The Tiger women won indoor national titles from 1994-97 and 2002-04, and outdoor championships from 1994-97, 2003, 2008 and 2012.
Elliott's athletes played an integral part in LSU's success. With Elliott on staff, the Lady Tiger women won a total of 12 Southeastern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships, six of both. He has coached five individual NCAA Champions, all in the 800 meters. He coached Marian Burnett to gold at the 2002 indoor national meet and Neisha Bernard-Thomas at the 2004 outdoor championship.
LaTavia Thomas followed with an individual crown at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships. Thomas was a 12-time All-American under Elliott's guidance and swept the SEC Indoor and Outdoor crowns in the half-mile in 2007 and 2008.
In 2013, he coached Natoya Goule to National Championship performances in the 800 meters at both NCAA meets. She and Charlene Lipsey combined to score 31 points and help the Lady Tigers to a pair of top-five team finishes. Goule won the 800 meters at the Jamaican Championships after becoming the first Lady Tiger to break two minutes in the event, and competed at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August 2013. She later competed in the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, finishing seventh. Goule transferred to Clemson and is eligible for Elliott's teams in 2014-15.
Goule and Lipsey combined to split 800-meter championships at the 2013 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, bringing Elliott's total to 22 conference champions across 12 different student-athletes. In all, Elliott coached six SEC Indoor Champions and six SEC Outdoor Champions in the women's 800 meters. He also coached conference champions in the men's 800, men's mile and women's 5000 meters during his time on the Bayou.
Elliott brought success to the LSU men's track & field program as well. In a four-year span from 2007-10, his athletes swept the SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 800 meters three times. Jamaal James did it in 2007, followed by Elkana Kosgei in 2008 and Richard Jones in 2010. Kosgei was the 2008 NCAA Indoor silver medalist, while Jones broke the school record for the half-mile in 2010.
Elliott's athletes have thrived on the international scene. He has coached five Olympians from LSU, including two-time 800 semifinalist Bernard-Thomas (2008, 2012) and two-time participant Burnett (2004, 2008). He also coached David Kiptoo, who placed sixth in the men's 800 final at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
He has experience coaching at the international level as well. Elliott served as the head coach for Guyana at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and for the 2007 World Championships. He was also an assistant coach for Grenada at the 2005 World Championships.
A 1991 graduate of LSU, Elliott earned four All-America honors with the Tigers. He was the silver medalist in the 3000 meters at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships. He was a part of four straight outdoor national championship teams, two at Blinn Junior College and two at LSU (1989, 1990). He won a pair of SEC individual titles and was a 14-time junior college All-American as well.
Elliott hails from Spanish Town, Jamaica. He has two children, Breanna and Ashley. He married Kimberly Gardner on Dec. 13, 2014.
Clemson Standouts Coached by Mark Elliott
Women's Indoor (2)
Women's Outdoor (1)
Men's Indoor (1)
Men's Outdoor (2)
LSU Standouts Coached by Mark Elliott
NCAA Champions (5)
Women's Indoor (3)
Women's Outdoor (2)
Women's Indoor (14)
Women's Outdoor (12)
Men's Indoor (10)
Men's Outdoor (3)
Individual SEC Champions (22)
Women's Indoor (7)
Women's Outdoor (6)
Men's Indoor (5)
Men's Outdoor (4)
Note: All-Americans are first team unless otherwise noted.