Mike Elko joins the Mocs as the defensive coordinator after holding the same position at Hofstra for the past three seasons. The pride posted the No. 1 passing defense in the Colonial Athletic Association last season, holding teams to just 136.8 yards-per-game through the air.
Hofstra’s defense ranked first in the CAA and 11th in the FCS in rushing defense, second in the conference and 15th in the country in total defense, and fourth in the CAA and 37th in the FCS in scoring defense in 2007.
In 2006 Elko directed the defensive backs in addition to his defensive coordinator duties. The Pride’s defense ranked in the top half of the conference in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass defense.
Elko came to Hofstra after two seasons as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Richmond. His first recruiting class at Richmond was a large part of the Spiders’ 9-4 record, including a 7-1 slate in the Atlantic 10 in 2005. Richmond defeated Hampton, 38-10, in the first round of the I-AA playoffs before dropping a 24-20 decision at Furman.
The Spiders ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring defense, allowing just 17.7 points per game, and 22nd in rushing defense, allowing just 120.1 yards per contest. Before coaching at Richmond, Elko worked with former Spiders Head Football Coach Dave Clawson at Fordham University as his linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator in 2002 and 2003. While at Fordham, Elko coached a defense that led the Patriot League in scoring defense (14th nationally in 2002) and sacks, as well as ranking third with 25 turnovers caused in 2002. In 2003 the Rams led the league in pass defense.
Elko’s coaching experience also includes time at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he served as defensive coordinator. He also coached at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, directing the secondary. He began his coaching career at Stony Brook in 1999 where he guided the linebackers in the fall and the defensive backs in the spring.
A member of the Penn football team for four years, Elko helped the Quakers win the Ivy League title in 1998. He received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1999. Mike and his wife Michelle, have two children, Michael (5) and Andrew (2).