|Alma Mater:||Northwestern '07|
Ann Elliott enters her third season as the head coach of the University of Colorado women’s lacrosse program. Elliott was hired as CU’s first ever head lacrosse coach on March 26, 2012, just short of two months after the school officially added the program.
Elliott has made quite the mark in the Buffaloes’ first two seasons as a varsity sport, leading the team to an impressive 22-15 overall record, including an 11-7 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. The Buffs have finished in the top four of the conference standings each of their first two years, earning two consecutive bids to the MPSF Tournament.
In 2015, Colorado earned a 4-seed at the MPSF Tournament and defeated San Diego State 15-6 to advance to the semifinals for a second straight year. The Buffs dominated at home, posting a 6-2 record at Kittredge Field and are a stellar 12-4 all-time playing in Boulder.
Under Elliott’s leadership, a variety of players have already earned numerous honors in the program’s young two-year history. She has coached four players to six All-MPSF selections, three to five MPSF All-Tournament Team selections, seven have earned MPSF Weekly Honors 15 different times and Paige Soenksen has been named to the IWLCA All-Regional Team, twice.
In addition to the Buffs’ success on the field, Elliott’s group has shined in the classroom with five players being named to the MPSF All-Academic Team. The Buffs also earned their first IWLCA Academic Honor Squad award during the 2015 season.
Prior to joining Colorado, Elliott was a major force at powerhouse Northwestern. After an astounding collegiate career, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach ahead of the 2009 season. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, she became the first to ever be promoted to the associate level. As a player and aide under Kelly Amonte Hiller, who is considered to be one of the nation’s top coaches and recruiters, Elliott and Northwestern appeared in the NCAA title game seven times, winning six titles, including three as a player and three as a member of the staff.
After graduating from Northwestern with a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film in 2007, Elliott served as the head coach of the Wildcat Elite Club and the Wildcat Developmental Team for Amonte Sports. She also spent one season as an assistant coach for New Trier High School, helping the Trevians to the 2008 state championship.
She was also actively involved in Amonte Sports since her playing days at Northwestern, serving as a camp counselor as well as heading the development of New Wave lacrosse clinics for the organization and WomensLax.com, coordinating youth and high school clinics across the country. She also utilized her major, doing extensive work in video production for Amonte.
Primarily a defender during her collegiate career, she played in 72 games, including starts in 63 of a possible 64 her sophomore through senior years, all NCAA championship seasons. As a senior and team captain in 2007, she was an Inside Lacrosse third-team All-America selection, when she was a key member of a defensive unit that allowed a NCAA-low 6.1 goals per game, with opponents scoring in double figures only twice. She played an important role on Northwestern’s 2005, 2006 and 2007 national championship teams, scoring 14 goals, causing 44 turnovers and scooping up 101 ground balls. She earned four varsity letters and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten team member.
Elliott was a four-year letter-winner in lacrosse at Ohio’s Shaker Heights High, where she set a school record with 278 ground balls. She had 115 goals, 50 assists, 114 caused turnovers and 99 draw controls in her prep career. Elliott was a two-time All-America and first-team all-state selection, helping lead the Raiders to two state championships and four consecutive seasons of undefeated conference play. As a senior, she was the team captain and was named the Northeast Ohio Defender of the Year. Elliott also played goalie for the Ohio Flames ice hockey club team, which finished second at nationals in 2002, and lettered one year as a goalie on OSHH’s field hockey team.
Born September 6, 1984, Elliott is the daughter of Karen Tucker and Mike Elliott.