Norbert Elliott is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, heading the men's sprints and hurdles contingent. His Big Orange athletes have earned 27 All-America certificates, broken five school records, claimed eight Southeastern Conference individual championships and won two NCAA individual titles.
Evander Wells capped his decorated career in 2010 with nine All-America citations and as a 20-time SEC scorer. A qualifier in all eight NCAA meets he worked with Elliott, Wells placed fourth in the 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor meet. He also was fourth in that event at SEC Indoors and eighth outdoors, while chipping in a fourth-place 100m result outdoors and a seventh-place 60m output indoors, and carded a school record in the 300m (32.72) at the Tennessee Invitational.
In addition to Wells' efforts in 2010, John Hewitt posted a career-best time to take fourth in the SEC Outdoor 400m hurdles, and sprinter Kyle Stevenson closed out his career in fine fashion. Stevenson was seventh in both the 100m and 200m at SEC Outdoors and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor meet in the 200.
The 2009 season saw Wells build onto his already long list of accomplishments by earning two All-America certificates at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The awards were the seventh and eighth of his career, respectively, all achieved under Elliott's watchful eye.
In 2008, Elliott charges Wells and Rubin Williams excelled on the track. Williams earned five All-America honors in total and captured the SEC Indoor title in the 200. Wells posted a fourth-place finish in the 200 at outdoor nationals and a sixth-place finish at indoor nationals. Grouped with the fifth-place 4x100 team, that brought the total to three All-America certificates for Wells and eight for the pair.
Elliott's tutelage of Tennessee's sprinters led to him being named USTFCCCA Mideast Region Assistant Sprints Coach of the Year in 2007. Elliott directed Williams, Wells and Stevenson to a 22-point haul in the 200m at the SEC Outdoor Championships that clinched the team title for the Tennessee men. The trio combined with Matthieu Pritchett to win the SEC 4x100 relay title and break the facility record and also clock the fourth-fastest relay time in school history while placing third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Williams successfully defended his indoor championship, becoming the first sprinter to win the SEC 200 title indoors and outdoors in the same year since Tyson Gay in 2004. Williams finished second in the event at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while Wells finished sixth indoors and fifth outdoors.
Stevenson won a gold medal running for Team USA's 4x100 relay at the Pan American Junior Championships following the season. Also that year, each of the four sprinters posted provisional-qualifying times in the 60, marking the first time in school history the Vols had four athletes meet the NCAA provisional-qualifying mark in that event.
Elliott's strong 2007 season was not limited to the track. Senior Carjay Lyles improved his personal-best mark in the triple jump by two and a half feet during the championship portion of the schedule, culminating in a seventh-place, All-America finish at the national championships and fifth place on UT's all-time performance list in the event.
Aries Merritt authored one of the best seasons in Tennessee history under the direction of Elliott in 2006. The junior went undefeated in every 55, 60 and 110 hurdles race he finished, recording 18 wins in 18 races. Along the way he broke NCAA meet records in the 60 and 110 hurdles. His time of 13.21 from the NCAA Outdoor Championships was the second-fastest time ever recorded by a collegian in the event. Merritt, who entered the professional ranks after the season with one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, left Tennessee with 14 facility, meet or school records.
During the 2005 indoor campaign, Elliott tutored three Volunteers to All-America status in three different events -- Merritt in the 60 hurdles, Jonathan Wade in the 60 and Williams in the 200. Along the way, Merritt broke the school 55 hurdles record with a 7.12 clocking.
Outdoors, Elliott coached Tennessee's 4x100 relay team to a third-place NCAA finish. Despite the fact that only one runner had competed in the event at the national level before, Tennessee's quartet steamed to a 38.83 time, the third-fastest mark in school history. Merritt (110 hurdles) and Williams (200) also earned outdoor All-America acclaim. Merritt took the SEC 110 hurdles title in 13.38, the fastest time in the NCAA that season.
Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, Elliott earned head coaching experience during three years at Ohio Valley Conference school Murray State. He also brings knowledge of competition in the hyper-competitive SEC from a decade of service as an assistant at Georgia. Before taking the assignment in Athens, Elliott held the post of assistant track coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, his alma mater, from 1989-92.
A native of the Bahamas, Elliott also brings a wealth of international coaching experience and a network of global recruiting contacts. He served as coach of the Bahamas National Team at the 2001 World Championships and 1996 Olympics and was on Bahamas staffs for the 1995 Central America and Caribbean (CAC) meet and the 2000 World Junior Championships. Among his accomplishments, he has coached Olympic gold and silver medalists in the 4x100-meter relay.
Elliott worked with five NCAA champions, 10 SEC champions and 30 All-America selections at Georgia. Athletes he recruited and coached fueled the run to Georgia's first women's conference title in 1995.
One of his star pupils, Nigeria native and Georgia school record holder Bode Osagiobare, topped out at an impressive 10.01 seconds in the 100. Ken Garrett, who set the Georgia school record in 2001 at 49.76 in the 400 hurdles, peaked at 48.61 in his specialty.
As an assistant coach for UTEP (Texas-El Paso), Elliott mentored athletes who won five NCAA sprint championships and 15 conference titles. In his own athletic career, Elliott specialized in the triple jump at UTEP from 1981-85 and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. He placed 10th in the triple jump in the 1988 Olympics and ninth in the triple jump at the 1987 World Championships.
Elliott earned his bachelor's degree in business management from UTEP in 1987. He added a master's degree in exercise science from the school in 1991 as well.
He has five children: Danielle, Norbert II, Alexander, Dominic and Adrian. His wife, Trudy, lost her battle with cancer just prior to the 2009 season.
- Named 2007 USTFCCCA Mideast Region Male Sprints Assistant Coach of the Year.
- Has a great deal of experience coaching national teams, including the Bahamas National Team at the 1991 and 2001 World Championships and 1996 Olympics.
- Produced athletes at UT who earned 27 All-America certificates, won two NCAA and eight SEC individual titles and broke five school records.
- Had five NCAA champions, 10 SEC champions and 30 All-America selections during a stint at Georgia from 1992-2001.
- Tutored athletes who won five NCAA sprint crowns and 15 conference titles as an assistant at Texas-El Paso from 1989-92.
- Served as head coach at Murray State from 2002-04.
- A world-class athlete in his own right, Elliott competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games and numerous other international competitions as a triple jumper.