Whereas we proceed the look forward to Jim Harbaugh to signal his proposed contract extension, he’s making strikes in Ann Arbor as if he’ll be staying with this system.
It’s been days since stories surfaced that Michigan soccer was hiring defensive position coach Mike Elston, the previous Wolverines linebacker, away from Notre Dame, however now it’s formally official.
The Michigan soccer program introduced the transfer on Monday afternoon.
College of Michigan J. Ira and Nicki Harris Household Head Soccer Coach Jim Harbaugh introduced Monday (Jan. 17) the hiring of former Wolverine participant Mike Elston as this system’s defensive position coach. Elston brings 21 years of full-time teaching expertise within the Midwest again to Ann Arbor.
“I’m excited to welcome Mike Elston to an already extremely proficient employees right here on the College of Michigan,” stated Harbaugh. “I’ve adopted Mike’s work at Notre Dame for some time and have admired his skill to not solely recruit nice student-athletes, but additionally his confirmed monitor report in growing gamers for the NFL. Mike is a Michigan man so he’ll be capable to hit the bottom operating. Assist me welcome Mike and his spouse, Beth, and their three daughters, Olivia, Sophia and Isabella again residence to Michigan.”
“My household and I are past excited to return to the College of Michigan,” stated Elston. “I want to thank Coach Harbaugh and Warde Manuel for this unimaginable alternative to affix the athletic division and college neighborhood. I can’t get to campus quick sufficient to start constructing relationships with the gamers, coaches, and employees throughout the soccer program.”
Elston spent the previous 12 seasons at Notre Dame, the place he has helped the Irish seem in 11 bowl video games, together with two School Soccer Playoff semifinal appearances and one BCS Nationwide Championship recreation. He labored with 12 NFL draftees at Notre Dame, together with 5 gamers drafted up to now three drafts (2019-21). The Irish performed in a New 12 months’s Six Bowl Recreation, BCS Nationwide Championship, or the School Soccer Playoff 4 occasions in his 12 seasons with this system.
Elston returns to U-M for his second stint as a part of the teaching employees. A 3-year letter winner for the Maize and Blue from 1993-96, Elston contributed 29 tackles over his remaining two seasons. He was a part of groups that collected a 35-16 four-year report below head coaches Gary Moeller (1993-94) and Lloyd Carr (1995-95) and received postseason video games within the Corridor of Fame Bowl following the 1993 season and the Vacation Bowl following the 1994 season.
Elston has been a part of the employees at Notre Dame for the reason that 2010 season, working with the defensive position in 10 of 12 seasons and the linebackers through the 2015-16 campaigns. He was the crew’s recruiting coordinator for 4 years (2015-17, ’21) and was the particular groups coordinator for his first two seasons in South Bend (2010-11). Final season in 2021, Elston was additionally the protection’s run recreation coordinator. He was elevated to affiliate head coach previous to the 2018 season, the second time in his profession he held that title.
Most not too long ago in 2021, Elston helped direct a protection that ranked top-30 in 5 main areas, together with cross effectivity protection (twenty third), scoring protection (fifteenth), interceptions (14th), sacks (thirteenth), third-down conversion price allowed (tenth), and defensive touchdowns (seventh). The Irish performed within the 2022 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and completed the yr ranked eighth within the remaining version of the Related Press Ballot and ninth within the AFCA Coaches’ Ballot.
Following his taking part in days, Elston was a scholar assistant coach at Michigan for the 1997 Nationwide Championship season, and altered his duties to video intern for the 1998 season. He stepped right into a graduate assistant function working with exterior linebackers for the 1999 and 2000 seasons, then accepted the identical place at Japanese Michigan in 2001.
Elston spent three years at Japanese Michigan, the latter two as recruiting coordinator and defensive position coach (2002-03) after which moved to the MAC West to work at Central Michigan from 2004-06. Elston started with the Chips because the defensive position coach and added the title of co-defensive coordinator in his second yr. Whereas main the defensive position, he helped Dan Bazuin lead the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss and a MAC-record 16.0 sacks. Elston third yr at CMU noticed him teaching linebackers and he modified from co-coordinating the protection to being the crew’s particular groups coordinator. He helped information two linebackers to earn All-MAC honors in 2006 together with the league chief in tackles.
Elston would proceed coordinating particular groups items for the following 5 seasons; first at Cincinnati (2007-09), then at Notre Dame (2010-11). At Cincinnati, he labored with the tight ends his first two seasons and was this system’s recruiting coordinator. Elston’s final yr with the Bearcats noticed him elevated to assistant head coach whereas retaining particular groups duties and training the defensive position.
Elston is the third former Michigan participant on Harbaugh’s present teaching employees. Safeties mentor Ron Bellamy and operating backs coach Mike Hart have been each employed previous to the beginning of the 2021 season.
Elston and his spouse, Beth, are the dad and mom of three daughters: Olivia, Sophia and Isabella.