For the second time in just two seasons, Husker nation mourns the loss of one of its own. Yesterday former safeties coach Bob Elliott, 64 years young, passed away while surrounded by family and loved ones in Iowa City. While his tenure at Nebraska was brief, Coach Elliott has been a part of the college football for decades and has touched numerous coaches and players across the country.
Elliott was also very close with Husker Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco as their relationship goes back several decades and had this to say about Bob:
“Coach Elliott has been a father figure and mentor to me for almost 30 years. During my life I have met few people that possess the amount of toughness Coach Elliott had, while also possessing the same amount of class. Coach Elliott had unwavering principles and that combination of traits put him in company with very few.”
While Coach Elliott’s tenure at Nebraska was short, there no is questioning the impact he made on those around him. Coach Riley released a statement regarding their time together today:
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Elliott. Bob was a wonderful man with a great family. Bob has left an impact on and off the field that will be remembered for many years to come.
“In his short time with our program, Coach Elliott developed a great relationship with the young men in our football program and our staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s wife, Joey, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
This past June, Coach Elliott stepped down as safeties coach as friend Scott Booker took over coaching the safeties at Nebraska for him. Coach Booker and Elliott spent time together at Notre Dame as both were a part of Brian Kelly’s staff before coming to Nebraska.
Thank you for everything Coach E
Ur example/friendship meant more to me than u know
I want to thank your wife Joey for sharing you with us pic.twitter.com/9U3ZSEkYxj
— Scott Booker (@CoachSBooker) July 9, 2017
Coach Elliott was 64 at the time of his passing and while only at Nebraska for only a few months he made a notable impact on all of those he came across.
While I personally didn’t have the opportunity to get to know Coach Elliott, reactions from around the country to the passing of Coach Elliott leave me wishing I had.
From our family at Eight Laces to yours Coach Elliott, rest in peace. You will be missed.
Bob Elliott was in a class by himself – a great husband, father, grandfather, coach & man.
He made everyone better & I’ll miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/QyqYNrwL7r
— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) July 9, 2017
To the coach that changed my game and the man who was there for me through surgery, thank you. At home now with the Lord, rest easy Coach E
— JoJo Domann (@TheDomannator) July 9, 2017
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on the passing of former Irish assistant coach Bob Elliott… pic.twitter.com/nzH0VSfms8
— Michael Bertsch (@NDsidBertschy) July 9, 2017
Coach E was the best. We love him and will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Joey, and the rest of the family. pic.twitter.com/eLtHCVqnwK
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) July 9, 2017
When nobody had faith in me you did. I remember crying in your office & u helped me pull through. Look over us & Rest In Peace Coach Elliot
— Avery Sebastian (@JimThqrpe4) July 9, 2017
RIP Bob Elliott, a terrific coach and a better man who had defied the odds over and over again. https://t.co/9gvsRHLgTd
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) July 9, 2017
In Memory of Bob Elliott https://t.co/lVoDPSBSi7
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) July 9, 2017
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) July 9, 2017