38-year coaching veteran Bob Elliott passes away at 64

Sean Callahan, Publisher
Husker Online

38-year coaching veteran Bob Elliott has passed away.

The Des Moines Register reported that the 64-year old Elliott died in hospice care Saturday night in Iowa City.

The former Iowa player (1972-75) and long-time Hawkeye coach (1987-1998) joined Mike Riley's staff in mid-February as a safeties coach, before stepping down from his full-time coaching position this past June.



Elliott was on the road recruiting for NU in mid-May, but eventually was replaced by a graduate assistant for personal reasons.

Elliott had a long-history of medical issues. Four years ago at Notre Dame he received a kidney transplant from his sister Betsy and stepped down from his assistant coaching position and moved into an analyst role.

In 1998 at Iowa, Elliott was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer and received a bone marrow transplant. If not for this medical setback, many considered Elliott a leading candidate to replace Hayden Fry after he retired in 1998.

Along the way, Elliott made coaching stops at Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Notre Dame, San Diego State, North Carolina, Ball State and Kent State.

Elliott was the son of former Michigan head football coach and Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott, who hired Fry in Iowa City. His uncle, Pete Elliott, was the head coach at Nebraska in 1956.

Elliott is survived by his wife Joey, son Grant and daughter Jessica.

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