February 8, 2007

Getting to know Chazz Anderson

Now that the Athletic Director Mike Thomas has named former Central Michigan University head coach Brian Kelly as their Cincinnati's new coach it is time to focus on who coach Kelly will be bringing with him as members of his staff. The first assistant coach we will profile is Greg Forest who is coming with coach Kelly from Central Michigan where he served as Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends. B>

Chazz Anderson Profile

Chazz Anderson









Pickerington, Ohio

High School:

Pickerington Central High School

Recruiting Coordinator:

Tim Hinton

Elston spent the 2005 season as the co-defensive coordinator. In that position, he helped develop a unit that led the MAC in rushing defense (113.7 ypg allowed) and worked directly with defensive end Daniel Bazuin, who ranked first in Division I-A in tackles for loss (26.5) and tied a Mid-American Conference record with 16 sacks a year ago.

The Chippewas' success against the run in 2005 came just two years after CMU ranked last in the MAC in rushing defense, allowing 245.8 ypg in 2003.

"Mike is a student of the game of football," Brian Kelly said. "As a former player, he has a great grasp of Xs and Os. He is a relentless recruiter and has done a terrific job for us in the state of Florida. He will coordinate our special teams this season and brings a great deal of innovation and experience to that position." (2004).

Elston came to CMU after a three-year stint at Eastern Michigan University.

He was the defensive ends coach for the Eagles in 2001 and then served as the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator in 2002 and 2003. EMU had the most improved defense in Division I-A in the country in terms of points allowed and total yards per game in 2003.

Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, Elston grew up in St. Mary's, Ohio. He garnered all-state honors in football, basketball, and track at St. Mary's High.

Following a standout prep career, Elston was a starter and three-year letterwinner (1994-96) under head coach Lloyd Carr at Michigan. Elston remained at Michigan after his playing days were over as an assistant to the football camp director from 1997-2000. He was a student coach in 1997 and 1998 before becoming a graduate assistant on defense and outside linebackers coach in 1999 and 2000. The Wolverines were national champions in 1997, capping their 12-0 season with a 21-16 win over Washington State in the Rose Bowl. Michigan also won the Citrus Bowl (1998, 2000) and Orange Bowl (1999) during his tenure.

Mike and his wife, Beth, are the parents of a one-year-old daughter, Olivia

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