The 2014 season will be Elson's first at Southern Illinois as the secondary coach. He returns to Carbondale after serving two seasons at SIU as a graduate assistant in 1994 and 1995.
Elson spent the previous 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.
Elson was the head coach at Western Kentucky for seven seasons from 2003 to 2009 and led the Hilltoppers through their transition from the FCS to the FBS. Prior to his head coaching tenure, he served as defensive coordinator at WKU under Jack Harbaugh and helped the team to the 2002 I-AA national championship.
In 1994 he graduated from Butler where he 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.