In 1956 at the age of 29, Pete Elliott became the youngest head coach in modern history at Nebraska. Elliott led NU to a 4-6 record in his only season as Nebraska's head coach, following Bill Glassford (1949-55) and preceding Bill Jennings (1957-61) in the Huskers' coaching lineage.
He served as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma for five years before coming to Nebraska. He coach both the linemen and backs, while also scouting for OU. He doubled as the golf coach for the Sooners and his 1953 won the Big Seven Conference title and tied for the crown in 1955.
He served as the ends coach at Oregon State before heading to Oklahoma in 1952.
Following his lone season at Nebraska, Elliott took over as the head coach at the University of California in 1957 and compiled a 10-21 record in three seasons coaching the Bears. In 1960, Elliott assumed head coaching duties at the University of Illinois, posting a 31-34-1 record in seven seasons from 1960 to 1966. He made his final head coaching stop in Miami, where he produced an 11-11 record in two seasons guiding the Hurricanes.
Elliott closed his collegiate head coaching career with a 56-72-1 record in 13 seasons leading schools in what are now the Big 12, Pac-10, Big Ten and ACC.
As the starting quarterback, Elliott led the University of Michigan to a national championship in his senior season (1948) and earned All-America honors. An outstanding all-around athlete, Elliott set a Wolverine all-time record by earning 12 varsity letters as an undergraduate at Michigan. He lettered four times in football, basketball and golf for the Wolverines.
Along with a national championship season in 1948, he also led Michigan to a Big Nine title and a 49-0 win over USC in the 1948 Rose Bowl.
Pete played with his brother Charles "Bump" Elliott at Michigan, who earned All-America honors as a wingback in 1947. Bump went on to lead Michigan to 51 victories as a head coach at the school. From 1970 to 1999, Bump served as Iowa's Athletic Director. Bump was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Peter Robert Elliott was born Sept. 29, 1926.