Eliot Officially Named Buffaloes' New Defensive Coordinator

The search for Jim Leavitt's replacement at Colorado took little more than a month, with the Buffaloes announcing on Thursday that DJ Eliot will fill that vacancy...

The 40-year old DJ Eliot comes to Boulder from Kentucky where he served as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach the previous four years. He signed a proposed three-year contract agreement with CU that will be submitted for review and approval by the Board of Regents.

“I’m excited about having DJ Eliot as our defensive coordinator, he brings a lot of expertise and energy to our defense,” Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a released statement. “Also he is one of the great, young defensive minds in the game of college football today.”

Eliot brings a total of 18 years of coaching experience with him to Boulder. Before his stint at Kentucky, Eliot coached defensive ends at Florida State from 2010-12. In the last six years, he has coached 10 players that have been selected in the NFL Draft.

Eliot previously coached the defensive line and served as recruiting coordinator at Rice from 2007-09, he tutored the linebackers at Tulsa in 2006, and he coached at Texas State from 2003-05. Eliot was a graduate assistant at Wyoming, Houston and Miami (Fla.) to begin his coaching career.

Sources have told BuffStampede.com Eliot was an attractive candidate to fill Colorado's defensive coordinator vacancy because he is known as a good, motivated recruiter, and because he has experience running the same defensive scheme the Buffs had success with last season.

“We are a 3-4 system that is built to apply pressure on the offense and confuse the quarterback,” Eliot said of his system.

An Oklahoma native, Eliot played his college football on the Front Range as a linebacker at Wyoming. His wife Miekel is from Westminster, Colo., and graduated from Northglenn High School. They have one son, Dawson, and three daughters, Drue, Page and Reace.

"I am very excited to work at a great program with an excellent head coach and at a place that has always been special to me and my family,” he said.


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