David Elson
    David Elson

    Position:
    Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator

    Experience:
    First Year

    Alma Mater:
    Butler, 1994


    David Elson is no stranger to the Missouri Valley Football Conference, having served as the head coach at Western Kentucky for seven seasons from 2003 to 2009. He helped lead the Hilltoppers through their transition from the FCS to the FBS. Prior to his head coaching tenure, he was the defensive coordinator at WKU under Jack Harbaugh and helped the team win the 2002 I-AA national championship.

    Among the players Elson mentored while at Western was wide receiver Curtis Hamilton, who played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, and cornerback Joseph Jefferson, who played for the Indianapolis Colts.

    Elson is also familiar with Southern Illinois, having spent two years in Carbondale as SIU's graduate assistant in 1994 and 1995.

    Prior to becoming Southern's secondary coach in 2014, Elson served two years as defensive coordinator at New Mexico State. He spent the 2010 season on the Indiana University coaching staff as defensive quality control coach before his time at New Mexico State.

    A 1994 graduate of Butler, Elson was a three-year letter winner and started at strong safety his final two seasons. The Bulldogs captured the conference championship in both his sophomore and junior years.

    A native of Indianapolis, Elson and his wife Kathy have three daughters, Lauren, Jessica and Maggie.

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