Rich Ellerson (former UH coach, player) has his dream job–head coach at Army

NYT = New York Times

About how he’s been talking for 32 years about how being a coach at Army was his dream job, Ellerson said:
“I didn’t realize I was always talking about that. I was always interested in Army football. It was something to dream about.” (NYT)

NYT Note: “Ellerson, in coaching for 32 seasons, knows about winning. He has been a head coach for nine seasons, the last eight at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. His teams there posted winning records seven times, going 48-22 over his final 70 games, with two playoff berths in the Football Championship Subdivision. People who know him, though, say that he always spoke of the Army job since becoming a graduate assistant in 1977 at his alma mater, the University of Hawaii, where he played center and linebacker.”

NYT Note: “Ellerson, the son of an Army colonel, Geoffrey Ellerson, was born in Japan and lived in places like Germany, France and Virginia before spending his high school years in Tucson. Like their father, Ellerson’s two brothers are West Point graduates and retired Army officers. One brother, John, played football and was a team captain for the Black Knights in 1962.”

About his ties to the Army program, Ellerson said:
“So this is ground zero for the game in my world.” (NYT)

Praising Ellerson, who he hired twice at UH and twice at Arizona, Dick Tomey said:
“I don’t think I’m demeaning anybody when I say he’s the smartest football coach I’ve ever worked with. I’m not talking about football smart. I’m just talking about generally because he’s always reading a ton of books. He’s up to date on world issues, political issues. I think he’s going to do a phenomenal job. As far as being a football person, he’s very knowledgeable about every phase of the game, as much so as anybody I’ve known.” (NYT)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/sports/ncaafootball/05army.html?ref=ncaafootball

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