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Head coach Charley Molnar invites coaching staffs to attend this three day event
A veteran collegiate coach, Phil Elmassian joined UMass as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach before the 2012 campaign. Since 1974 Elmassian has coached collegiate football at the highest levels covering nearly four decades, including 12 years as a defensive coordinator and tenures with programs from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12.
In 2012, Elmassian's UMass defense earned All-MAC and Phil Steele Magazine All-Conference honorees in free safety Darren Thellen and linebacker Perry McIntyre. The duo combined for 211 tackles, 10 passes defended and a trio of interceptions as a pair of senior leaders among a young defensive group. As the defensive coordinator, Elmassian guided a unit that earned the fourth-most interceptions, tied for the fifth-best fourth down stoppage rate, earned the sixth-most turnovers in the Mid-American Conference and finished seventh in the league for pass defense all with seven true-freshmen starting during the campaign.
Elmassian (pronounced el-MAY-shun) spent the 2011 season with Purdue marking his second coaching stint with the Boilermakers. Prior to that, he spent the two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Illinois State, and has served in the same capacity at West Virginia, LSU, Boston College and Virginia Tech, as well as the linebackers coach at Marshall and defensive backs coach at Nebraska, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Minnesota and East Carolina. He has mentored 26 all-conference players, including two All-Americans, and has coached in 18 bowls in his career.
The veteran coach has been a part of championships in four conferences and has served as the defensive coordinator at five NCAA Division I FBS schools: Louisiana-Monroe, LSU, Virginia Tech, Boston College and West Virginia.
His five league titles include Marshall's Mid-American Conference Championship in 2002; Washington's Pac-10 Championship in 1995; and Virginia's Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1989. He also helped lead Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championships in 1998 and 1999, as the Badger defense led the nation in scoring defense in 1998 and ranked fifth in 1999.
With Elmassian on staff, the 2003 Boilermakers finished third in the Big Ten in scoring, rushing and total defense and fourth in the league in pass defense. Purdue ranked second in the Big Ten, and 19th in the nation, in pass efficiency defense in 2003, and also ranked 13th nationally in total defense.
During Elmassian's stint at Wisconsin, the Badgers led the nation in scoring defense in 1998 (11.9 points per game) and ranked fifth in 1999 (12.8). They were No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense, total defense (298.1 - 15th nationally) and passing defense (97.9 - fifth nationally) in 1999. Wisconsin became the first Big Ten school to win back-to-back Rose Bowls in 1998 and 1999, defeating the high-powered offenses of UCLA and Stanford. All four of the Badgers' defensive backs earned first team, second team or honorable mention all-conference honors in 1999. Cornerback Jamar Fletcher led the nation in interceptions in 1998 with seven and went on to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, earn consensus All-America honors and win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's outstanding defensive back in 2000.
Elmassian (born April 28, 1951) is a 1974 graduate of William and Mary, where he played defensive back under Lou Holtz. He and his wife, Mary, have three children, Claire, Dylan and Olivia.
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