Bethel head football coach relieved of duties

MCKENZIE, Tenn. — Head football coach Chris Elliott has been relieved of his duties, according to a release from Director of Sports Information Dave McCulley. The release did not provide a reason for the decision.

“We wish Coach Elliott the very best,” Bethel University Director of Athletics Dale Kelley said in the release. “We also thank him for his services and commitment to our program and the positive impact he has made on our student-athletes at Bethel University.”

Elliot said the move came as a bit of a shock but understands this is a performance-based business and he didn’t get the job done this season going 3-7.

This will end his six-year run as the Wildcats head coach where he posted a record of 30-37. Altogether he was with the Wildcats for 14 seasons, eight of those being an assistant coach. But Elliot said the job was much more than wins and losses and he believes he accomplished what he set out to do.

“In my mind it’s not ever been you know about winning football games, it’s about you know developing young people into better young men when they leave and I feel that you know in my 14 seasons here whether it was assistant or the head coach, I know that we’ve been able to do that,” Elliot said.

Elliot went on to say he was thankful for the opportunity Bethel gave him, but now he will begin looking for a new job elsewhere.