Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott named safeties coach at Nebraska

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Bob Elliott and Bob Diaco are together once again.

Elliott, who joined Notre Dame's coaching staff in 2012 and served as the special assistant to the head coach in 2015 and 2016, was officially introduced as the safeties coach at Nebraska on Monday.

Diaco, who was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2010 to 2013 and was fired as UConn's head coach following the 2016 season, was also recently named the Huskers' defensive coordinator.

“Bob Elliott has great respect throughout football for his defensive knowledge and ability as a coach, teacher and recruiter,” Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “The experience he brings to our staff will be a great asset as we install a new defensive system and build toward the future success of the Blackshirts.”

A 38-year coaching veteran, Elliott oversaw the Irish safeties in 2012 and 2013 and the outside linebackers in 2014. He was credited with playing a critical role in helping Notre Dame defend the option offense in recent seasons. Elliott previously served as the defensive coordinator at Iowa, Kansas State and San Diego State.

Elliott's uncle, Pete Elliott, was the head coach at Nebraska in 1956.

“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work at outstanding universities and with great coaches,” Elliott said in a statement. “The opportunity to work under Coach Riley is an unbelievable honor. His reputation in the coaching profession is second to none.

"When you couple that with working in a program with the tradition and history of success of Nebraska, I couldn’t be more excited.”

Notre Dame assistant coach Bob Elliott talks to players before the opening day of spring football practice on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, at Notre Dame. SBT Photo/JAMES BROSHER