The Elliott Era: With his wife's support, Chris Elliott takes over Bethel program
Greg Hammond

MCKENZIE, Tenn. - A new page will be added to the Bethel University football archives as Chris Elliott begins his first season as head coach.

The "Elliott Era" begins Saturday when the Wildcats host UVA-Wise.

"I guess it's already begun," said Elliott.

"We've been doing this since January. I guess it's the first time we get to put the uniforms on and play for real," said Elliott.

While Coach Elliott holds back his excitement - his wife Lindsay - does not.

"I am trying to capture every moment because it's his first year. I'm probably more excited than his is," said Lindsay Elliott.

Mrs. Elliott, who teaches Health and Physical Education at Bethel, is ready for game day because Coach Elliott's off-season workload wasn't much different than the eight previous years when Chris was an assistant.

"He's always done a lot of work behind the scenes, a lot of the paper work and other stuff, not just the coaching," said Lindsay.

Fridays are important for college coaches as they spend those nights scouting local high school talent. Friday is also date night for the Elliott's.

"We leave here and he's on the phone with somebody the whole way," said Lindsay.

"If we are not running late because of him being in the office, we will stop to grab a bite to eat," said Lindsay.

"If we stop in Milan, we go to Lee's - that's his favorite place - and we watch the game and drive on back for meetings," said Lindsay.

Chris and Lindsay have been married for almost three years, but Lindsay has been a football fan much longer than that.

She is the granddaughter of former high school football coaching legend Lewis Catignani. The field house at Father Ryan High School in Nashville bears the late coach's name.


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