David Elliott joined the Lion's coaching staff as an assistant coach in August of 2012. Elliott comes to Morningside Heights after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant coach at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.
Part of Elliott's responsibilities at Columbia include handling a variety of post and guard duties as well as managing film exchange.
At St. John Fisher, Elliott assisted in leading the women's basketball team to a winning record over two seasons as the Cardinals achieved the best conference record in five seasons (12-4), two consecutive births to the conference tournament and a runner-up finish in the Eastern-Collegiate Athletic Conference Metro post-season tournament.
Elliott has experienced success in recruiting across the nation, from New York to Los Angeles and Massachusetts to Arizona. His recruits include the 2012 Division III Upstate ECAC Rookie of the Year, Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Conference player Portia Velasco who came from Vallejo, CA to Rochester, NY.
Prior to his stint at St. John Fisher, Elliott served as the women's basketball head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Ironwood Ridge High School from 2009-2010, during which Elliott assisted in leading the varsity team to an 18-11 record and a state tournament appearance.
Elliott also spent two years as a Behavioral Health Support Specialist at La Paloma Family Services in Tuscon, AZ. In this role, he provided in-home family support to struggling families, taught teamwork and sportsmanship in multiple sports, including basketball, and tutored students of all ages in math, science, reading and history.
In 2009, Elliott graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona. He earned his Specialist in Strength and Conditioning Certification (ISSA) in 2011, followed by a master's degree in Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development from St. John Fisher College in 2012.