Virginia officials announced the hiring of Tony Elliott as the head coach on Friday. Elliott becomes the 41st head football coach in the program’s history.
Elliott, 42, played football at Clemson (2000-03); a few years after his college career ended, Elliott joined the coaching ranks. First, he was a wide receivers coach at South Carolina State (2006-07). Elliott quickly moved up to Furman, where he was the receivers coach for three seasons (2008-10).
After his time with Furman, Elliott moved to join Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson — just as the rocket ship was getting ready for takeoff.
During his first four seasons with the Tigers (2011-14), Elliott served as the program’s running backs coach. When Chad Morris left for SMU after the 2014 season, Elliott was promoted to co-offensive coordinator.