published Friday, November 4th, 2011

Hixson's Elliott to coach CFC

The Chattanooga Football Club has hired University of West Florida men's soccer coach Bill Elliott as its new coach, general manager Sean McDaniel said Thursday.

Elliott, a former Hixson High School standout, will split his time between coaching the Division II Argos in Pensacola during the school year and leading Chattanooga FC.

"He was able to work out a deal with his athletic director at West Florida that allows him to be here during the summer with his family, and so far it looks like [the shared duties] will work just fine," McDaniel said

Elliott, who also coached at Tennessee Wesleyan and Maryville College, has a record of 198-88-28 at West Florida.

Chattanooga FC parted ways with the three-year-old club's only coach, Brian Crossman, in August. McDaniel said the club talked with four coaches about the job before ultimately deciding that Elliott was the best fit.

"We wanted to be very careful about who we selected because Brian built a great launching pad for us to go to the next step," he said. "We wanted to be sure we got the right guy in place, and we believe Bill's that person."

Elliott is allowed to coach the amateur league team composed primarily of collegiate players, but he's not allowed to have any of his current UWF players on the roster.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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