Ann Elliott was named the first head coach in University of Colorado women’s lacrosse history on March 26, 2012, just short of two months after the school officially added the program as the Buffaloes’ 17th intercollegiate varsity sport.
Elliott, 27, was a three-time national champion as a player at Northwestern, and entered the youth coaching ranks in the Chicago area following the conclusion of her playing career. She then joined the staff at her alma mater as an assistant coach ahead of the 2009 season and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2012 season after three years as an assistant to Kelly Amonte Hiller. As a player and aide under Hiller, who is considered to be one of the nation’s top coaches and recruiters, Northwestern has appeared in the NCAA title game for seven years running, winning six titles, including the three as a player and two as member of the staff.
Hiller is in her 12th season at Northwestern, and Elliott was the first to ever be promoted to the associate level.
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.
As 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’s player biography, courtesy Northwestern sports information:
At Northwestern: 2007 (Sr.)—Started all 22 games at the defender position ... An Inside Lacrosse third-team All-America selection ... Recorded 38 ground balls and forced 15 turnovers ... Part of a defensive unit that allowed a NCAA-low 6.1 goals per game while allowing just two teams to score in double-figures ... Had her best game with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in the ALC Tournament championship game against Johns Hopkins (5/6) ... Recorded four ground balls and forced two turnovers in the NCAA semifinal win over Penn (5/25) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
2006 (Jr.)—Started all 21 games from her defender position ... Part of a defensive unit that allowed just 7.9 goals per game, seventh-best in the nation ... Recorded 34 ground balls with a season-high five in the win at Penn State (4/16) ... Also caused three turnovers in that game ... Had two straight four ground ball games in the wins at California and Stanford ... Scored one goal in the win at Penn (3/7) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2005 (Soph.)—Played 21/started 20 ... Finished with eight goals and an assist for nine points ... Two goals vs. California (3/20) ... Fifth on the team with 20 draw controls ... One goal, three ground balls, two draws vs. Oregon (2/26) ... One goal, four draws, two caused turnovers at Notre Dame (3/3) ... Also scored at Denver (2/27), vs. Penn (3/12), vs. Rutgers (4/1) and vs. Stanford (4/8) ... Four ground balls vs. Duke (4/10) ... Three ground balls and three caused turnovers in NCAA quarterfinal win over Princeton (5/15) ... Five GB in title-game victory against Virginia (5/22) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2004 (Fr.)—Played in eight games ... Highlight came in her first collegiate appearance, when she scored final two goals to break a tie game and give NU a 7-5 win vs. Colgate (3/20) ... Also scored in Wildcats' sudden-victory OT win at Delaware (3/24) ... Other goals came at Cal (4/11) and vs. Denver (5/2) ... Picked up three ground balls and caused two turnovers on the season ... ALC Academic Honor Roll.
High School: Four-year letter-winner in lacrosse at Shaker Heights (Ohio) High ... Captained the Raiders her senior year ... Set school record with 278 ground balls ... Scored 115 goals and added 50 assists in her career ... Also had 114 caused turnovers, 26 interceptions and 99 draw controls ... 2002 and 2003 All-America selection ... Two-time first-team All-State ... Second-team All-State in 2001 ... Three-time first-team All-Conference ... Northeast Ohio Defender of the Year as a senior ... Team won state championships in 2001 and 2003 ... Scored the game-winning goal with 12 second left to lift team to state title her sophomore year ... State tournament MVP as a sophomore ... Went undefeated in the conference throughout her four years of high school ... High school coach was Liz Wilson ... Also lettered one year as a goalie in field hockey ... Spanish National Honor Society member ... Winner of Red Raider Award for athletics her senior year ... Winner of Cal Tech Award for innovation in math and sciences ... Also played goalie for Ohio Flames ice hockey club team, finishing second at nationals in 2002.