Mark  Elder

Mark Elder

Tight Ends Coach / Special Teams Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Case Western Reserve `00


Education: Case Western Reserve, 2000

Family: Wife, Lindsey


» 2013-present: Tennessee, tight ends
» 2012: Cincinnati, safeties, special teams
» 2011: Cincinnati, running backs
» 2010: Cincinnati, tight ends
» 2007-09: Central Michigan, linebackers
» 2005-06: Michigan, GA, defense
» 2004: Wayne State, defensive coordinator, linebackers
» 2003: Iona, defensive coordinator, linebackers
» 2002: Lehigh, asst. linebackers
» 2000-01: Akron, GA, defensive backs

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  • Coached in eight bowl games, helping Vols to 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Championship and one BCS bowl game in helping his teams to four conference championships
  • In 2014, mentored placekicker Aaron Medley as he made 20-of-26 field goals, second-most among all freshmen in the nation
  • Tennessee ranked 11th nationally in punt return defense (3.23 yards per return) 14th nationally in kickoff return average (24.03)
  • In his first season with UT, helped punter/placekicker Michael Palardy to become a semi-finalist for the prestigious Ray Guy award. Palardy also earned Coaches Second Team All-SEC honors as a placekicker, the first UT kicker or punter to earn any form of All-SEC distinction since 2007.
  • Joined Tennessee after three seasons at Cincinnati (2010-12) where he spent each of his seasons with the Bearcats coaching a different position
  • In 2012, coached safeties and served as the special teams coordinator
  • Mentored running backs for the Bearcats in 2011 and tight ends in 2010
  • Helped the Bearcats to back-to-back conference titles in 2011 and 2012
  • Tutored 2011 First Team All-Big East and Big East Offensive Player of the Year Isaiah Pead in 2011, who became the first Bearcat to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in nearly 25 years
  • Offensively in 2011, UC averaged 385 yards per game, and ranked No. 1 in the BIG EAST in overall yardage and rushing yardage while scoring an average of 33.3 points per game on the way to a BIG EAST Conference Championship and a win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over SEC foe Vanderbilt
  • Coached Second Team All-Big East tight end Ben Guidugli in 2010
  • In 2010, Cincinnati led the Big East in scoring offense (27.1 ppg), total offense (417.3 ypg), passing offense (260.7 ypg), first downs (21.9 ypg), third-down conversions (45.6 pct.) and touchdown passes (27)
  • Spent three seasons coaching linebackers at Central Michigan from 2007-09
  • Produced an all-conference linebacker in each of his three seasons with the Chippewas
  • Nick Bellore was an all-conference first team pick in 2008 and 2009, following in the footsteps of former CMU standouts Red Keith and Ike Brown in 2007
  • Keith's 474 career stops rank second in school history and seventh in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history
  • Served as a graduate assistant at Michigan from 2005-06 under Lloyd Carr where he worked with the UM linebackers, including All-Big Ten selections David Harris and Shawn Crable
  • The 2006 Michigan defense led the nation in rushing yards allowed (43.4 yards/game) and ranked 10th in total defense (268.3 yards/game allowed)
  • Previously served as the defensive coordinator at Wayne State (2004) and Iona (2003), also serving as the linebackers coach at both institutions
  • Worked with a pair of All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference linebackers at Iona and directed a defense that ranked first in the MAAC in total defense and second in scoring and rushing defense
  • A 2000 graduate of Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in economics and was a three-time all-conference selection as a defensive back
  • Earned his master's degree in education from Akron in 2001
  • Elder and his wife, Lindsey, reside in Knoxville



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