Athletics News


Nov. 2, 2005

Harold "Bud" Elliott, who led the UTA football team to a Southland Conference championship in 1981, died Tuesday morning of heart and kidney failure in Lubbock. He was 73.

Elliott coached the Mavericks for 10 seasons, from 1974 to 1983, where he compiled a 46-64-0 record. His 46 wins are the third most wins in school history behind Chena Gilstrap (85) and Klepto Holmes (71).

"As a trainer, Bud was a the type of guy who would come check on every single person out on the field in practice. Whether it was a student trainer, a player, or a coach, he would make some type of contact with them. He came in when the program was down and had some good years here."

"Bud Elliott led the football program to a conference championship, had tremendous offensive teams that ranked among the nation's best," said Carlon. "His longevity in the profession and he consistent level of success, regardless of division of play, is a tribute to the quality of coach he was during his career."

Elliott took a team that went 1-10 in his first season in 1974 to the Southland Conference championship in 1981 with a 6-5 record.

In 1979, Elliott guided the Mavs to a 9-2 finish and received the Texas All-Sports Association Special Achievement Award, the Sertoma Club's service to Mankind Award and was second in the Texas Football Writer's Coach of the Year balloting.

In 1981, Elliott was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Mavericks to the league title with a 4-1 mark in the SLC and 6-5 overall. He was named Lone Star Conference South Division Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002 as head coach at Eastern New Mexico.

In 1978 Elliott's rushing offense ranked third nationally behind Nebraska and Oklahoma while the 1979 rushing offense was fifth on the NCAA chart.

Former NFL standouts Bruce Collie, Cliff Odom, Derrick Jensen, Scotty Caldwell and Gary Lewis played for Elliott at UTA.

Elliott had a 37-year career as a college head coach, beginning in 1964 at Southwestern College in Kansas. Elliott coached 11 seasons at ENMU before retiring following the 2004 season, citing health reasons. He logged the highest winning percentage of any football coach at ENMU with a 68-49-2 record. His overall record was 205-179-9. A Sept. 11, 2004, victory against Southwestern Oklahoma made Elliott the 46th college football coach at any level to reach 200 career victories.

Elliott first got into coaching after he graduated from Baker University in Kansas in 1953. The next year, Elliott coached six-man football at Kansas' Turon High School.

He coached at three more high schools in Kansas before moving on to his first college coaching stop at Southwestern College. Coaching stops also included Washburn and Emporia State in Kansas, as well as Texas-Arlington and Northwest Missouri State.

Services are planned for 3 p.m., Monday at the Eastern New Mexico University's Campus Union Ballroom.

Bud Elliott's Year-by-Year at UTA 1974 1-10 1975 4-7 1976 5-6 1977 5-6 1978 5-6 1979 9-2 1980 3-8 1981 6-5 (won SLC) 1982 3-8 1983 5-6 Total 46-64-0


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