Saturday, September 6, 2014
Coach E's Bio:
Phil Elmassian first came to Ferrum in 1969 when he played football for Hank Norton when the school was a junior college. After playing two seasons at Ferrum, in which the Panthers posted a 12-4-1 mark, Elmassian transferred to the College of William & Mary, where he played for the Tribe under Lou Holtz in 1971 and under Jim Root in 1972.
Elmassian returned to Ferrum after a 31 years away from the Panther gridiron program when he joined the coaching staff in the spring of 2014. Elmassian is Ferrum's Defensive Coordinator. One of the most sought-after defensive coaches in the country returns to his roots to help give back to the school where he started.
Elmassian began his coaching career at William & Mary, serving as quarterbacks and running backs coach from 1974-75. He spent the next three years as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond before joining Norton on the Ferrum coaching staff from 1979-82. He has coached at five Virginia schools, including Ferrum, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, University of Virginia (ACC Champions) and University of Richmond.
Elmassian's career includes stops at East Carolina, Minnesota, Syracuse, Washington (Pac 10 Champions), Boston College, Wisconsin (2X Big 10 Champions), LSU, West Virginia, Marshall (MAC East Champions), Perdue, Nebraska, Louisiana-Monroe, Illinois State and most recently at U-Mass. He has coached in many post-season bowl games, including the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Gator Bowl, Sun Bowl, Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Motor City Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, GMAC Bowl, Independence Bowl, Citrus Bowl, All-American Bowl and Hall of Fame Bowl.
Ferrum is fortunate to have Coach E back home. Go Panthers!
Posted by Allen Crowder at 6:24 AM