Althea Thomas completes the Purdue track staff that brought in five new coaches this season.
Norbert Elliott joined the Purdue staff in August 2012 with over 20 years of experience with major division I universities.
"Coach Elliott brings many elements to the table. He has a worldwide recruiting base and is excellent at identifying and evaluating talent," said head coach Lonnie Greene. "He brings great things to Purdue University and is an outstanding coach, teacher, and mentor. To add him to our staff is exciting. I very much look forward to the future of Purdue track and field with Coach Elliott on staff."
Elliott came to Purdue most recently from Campbell University where he was the head track and field and cross country coach last season. Prior to his stint with the Camels, he was an assistant track coach at the University of Tennessee for seven years. He also served as the head track and field and cross country coach at Murray State University for two years, assistant track coach at the University of Georgia for nine years, and an assistant track coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for three years.
While with Tennessee, Elliott was the recruiting coordinator for Caribbean student-athletes. He also helped coach his student-athletes to 29 All-America certificates, two NCAA Championships, eight SEC individual championships, and five school records. His excellence with the sprints led Elliott to be named the 2007 Mideast Assistant Sprints Coach of the Year.
In all, Elliott has coached over 50 All-Americans and eight individual NCAA Champions.
In 2001, Elliott was selected the head men's team coach of the Bahamas at the World Championships in Canada. There, he coached the men's 400m World Champion, the women's 200m World Champion and bronze medalist, and the men's 4x400m silver medal team. Elliott's international experience doesn't stop with the World Championships.
In 2000, he coached the 4x100m relay Olympic Gold Medal team in Sydney, Australia. Elliott also coached finalists in the 100m and 200m dashes in those Olympics. Elliott has also coached the World Junior Champions Team for jumps for the Bahamas in 2000 and the Bahamian World Championships women's finalists in the 100m and 200m in 1999. He has also coached numerous World Championships medalists from the Bahamas and Iceland including in 1995 when he was the Head Coach of the Bahamas National Team at the Central America and Caribbean Meet in Guatemala.
Elliott's coaching techniques have been used at clinics and camps across the country. In 1998, he presented his triple jump techniques and analyses at the MF-Athletics All-Star Clinic as well as at the USA Track Coaches Convention. Elliott's coaching techniques and recruiting are renowned throughout many of the nation's best conferences including the SEC and the Ohio Valley Conference.