Jan. 19, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller announced Thursday the promotion of Ann Elliott, an assistant on the Wildcats staff since 2009, to the position of associate head coach. A member of three national championship-winning teams as a player for the Wildcats (2004-07), Elliott has been integral in NU's return to the NCAA title game each of her three seasons on staff.
She is the first Northwestern lacrosse coach to be named an associate head coach since Amonte Hiller took over the program 11 years ago.
"Ann has brought so much to our coaching staff and we would not have maintained the level of success we've had the last three years without her," Amonte Hiller said. "She is tireless in making sure our players are as prepared as possible for every game we play and as a former student-athlete at Northwestern is an invaluable resource for them. She is very deserving of this position and I continue to expect great things from her."
"I want to thank Kelly, Scott Hiller and Dr. Phillips for giving me this great opportunity," Elliott said. "I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful University and lacrosse program here at Northwestern. Kelly and Scott have taught me so much over my years here, first as a player and now as a coach. Northwestern has become a second home for me and I feel so privileged to be able to come to work every day with such a great group of people and student-athletes."
Since joining the coaching staff, Elliott has coordinated Northwestern's defensive unit, a group that in 2011 held opponents to 10 goals or fewer in five of six postseason contests en route to the national championship. That included holding top-seeded Maryland, the nation's fourth-ranked offense, to just seven goals in an 8-7 NU victory in the national title game. For the year, Northwestern posted an 8.57 goals against average, the eighth-best clip in the country.
During her first season on staff in 2009, Elliott was a key factor in leading Northwestern to the second-ranked defense in the country, allowing just 6.87 goals per game. The Wildcats' defensive unit wreaked havoc on opponents, causing 188 turnovers and holding 18 of 23 foes to under 10 goals.
Elliott also takes a lead role in coordinating team film study, marketing initiatives and other activities related to the program.
A four-time letterwinner at Northwestern, Elliott was a key member of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 national championship teams, earning third-team All-American honors as a senior. A team captain in 2007, Elliott finished her NU career with 44 caused turnovers and scooped up 101 ground balls. She also notched 14 goals and added an assist during her Wildcat career and was named Academic All-Big Ten three times.
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