A highly respected member of Furman’s staff, Tony Elliott is set to begin his third season with the Paladins.
As coach of Furman’s wide receivers, he has already made quite an impact on the the Paladin program. In 2008 he directed the work of All-Southern Conference perfomer Adam Mims, who caught a team leading 58 passes, and David Hendrix, who racked up a school freshman record 46 receptions on the way to earning SoCon All-Freshman Team honors in balloting by league head coaches. Mims followed up his 2008 campaign with a 2009 season that saw him establish new school standards for most receptions in a season (74) and career (143).
A native of James Island, S.C., Elliott attended Air Force Prep for one year before turning down an appointment to the Air Force Academy to enroll at Clemson in January of 1999. After joining the Tiger program, he saw action as a member of special teams and wide receiver, lettering all four years. In 2003 he was selected team captain, a rare accomplishment for a former walk-on, and that same year was named Clemson’s most respected player in a poll of his teammates conducted by the Anderson Independent.
As a senior he caught 23 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown in helping Clemson to a 9-4 record that included a 27-14 Peach Bowl victory over nationally sixth-ranked Tennessee.
He twice captured CoSIDA Academic All-Distrist honors and in 2003 was presented both Clemson’s Hustle and Dedication Awards. He graduated with degree in industrial engineering with a team high 3.55 grade point average and was the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Following his tenure at Clemson he worked two years with Michelin North America before accepting a position as wide receivers coach at South Carolina State in August of 2006.
He is married to the former Tamika Whitner of Spartanburg, S.C.