Jerritt Elliott Accepts Head Coaching Position At Texas

April 13, 2001

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Jerritt Elliott, USC's former interim head women's volleyball coach, has been named the women's volleyball head coach at The University of Texas. The announcement was made Friday morning, April 13, by Chris Plonsky, Texas Senior Associate Athletics Director for Men's and Women's Athletics, who currently oversees the women's athletics director duties at UT.

Elliott's contract with Texas calls for a multi-year agreement. His appointment becomes effective immediately. Specific terms of his contract are unannounced. Elliott, 32, replaces former UT head coach Jim Moore, who resigned on March 9, 2001 following four years as Longhorn volleyball head coach.

Elliott led the Women of Troy to their first NCAA Tournament final four appearance in 15 years and to USC's first-ever share of the Pac-10 title in 2000. USC also finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally by both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. USC compiled a 50-12 record under Elliott in these two years, going 29-3 last fall en route to the NCAA semifinals, and 21-9 in 1999. Both years, Elliott was honored as the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year and was the 2000 Pacific Region Coach of the Year.

Under the leadership of Elliott, the Trojans featured two All-Americans in 2000 (April Ross and Jennifer Pahl) and six all-conference players, including the Pac-10 and Region Freshman of the Year (Ross).In both 2000 and 2001, Elliott's recruiting class has been regarded as No. 1 in the nation. The USC women's volleyball program landed the nation's top recruiting classes in these last two years, according to Volleyball Magazine and Student Sports Magazine.

Elliott spent the last six years at USC (1995-2001), the last two years as interim head coach and a four-year term as assistant coach. Elliott accepted the interim head position in 1999 and 2000 in the absence of Mick Haley, who was serving as the USA National Team head coach through the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Haley was Texas volleyball head coach for 17 years (from 1980-96) prior to taking his USA Volleyball coaching assignment.

Elliott also was named the USA Junior National Team Head Coach for the summer of 2001, but will relinquish that role with USA Volleyball due to his appointment at UT.

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