Russ Elliott, defensive coordinator of the Jacks’ varsity football team, and an administrator at Quincy Middle School, has been tapped to lead the high school’s football program, pending approval of the school board.
If approved, Elliott will replace Greg McMillan, who resigned after two seasons at the helm of the program.
Born in Quincy and the son of two Quincy graduates, Elliott grew up in a coach’s household, with his dad, Bill, serving as an assistant coach to Jack Collins at Cashmere High. Collins led the Bulldogs to a state title in 1984. After he retired, Bill Elliott succeeded Collins as head coach.
A Cashmere grad, Russ Elliott won state titles in wrestling three years in a row for the Bulldogs, only one of 12 Washington wrestlers to pull such a feat in the 1980s. In addition he was involved in four more state titles, three as a member of the Bulldogs' wrestling team and one state title as a member of the mile relay team in track and field as a senior.
Years later, he served as head wrestling coach for his alma mater, replacing, of all people, his father, who was, inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010
Russ Elliott a married father of three boys.
As an educator, Russ Elliott has served as principal of a school in Palisades, principal of Cashmere Middle School and Dean of Students of the erstwhile Quincy Junior High School.
As part of McMillan’s coaching staff, Elliott served as head coach while McMillan was sidelined due to the COVID-19 protocols in place.
If approved, Elliott takes over a program that has not won a game in two years, including an 0-9 season last year.and an 0-4 mark in 2020..