Mike Elko

Michael Elko (born 1977) is a football coach who has been the defensive coordinator for Texas A&M Aggies football team since 2018. Elko has a Son and a Daughter.

Mike Elko
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamTexas A&M
Biographical details
Born (1977-07-28) July 28, 1977 (age 43)
Alma materPenn
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999Stony Brook (GA/ILB)
2000Penn (DB)
2001Merchant Marine (DC/DB)
2002–2003Fordham (Co-DC/LB)
2004–2005Richmond (ST/REC/LB)
2006–2008Hofstra (AHC/DC/DB/LB)
2009–2013Bowling Green (DC/LB)
2014–2016Wake Forest (DC/S)
2017Notre Dame (DC)
2018–presentTexas A&M (DC)

Early lifeEdit

Raised in South Brunswick, New Jersey, Elko graduated in 1995 from South Brunswick High School, where he played baseball, basketball and was the quarterback for the school's football team.[1] He was recognized by the coaches of the Greater Middlesex Conference as the league's top quarterback in 1994 and was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2012.[2] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played for the Penn Quakers football team that won the Ivy league championship in 1998.[1]


Prior to being named defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Elko had coached under Dave Clawson for 12 seasons. He spent two seasons with Clawson at both Fordham and Richmond, five seasons with him at Bowling Green, and three seasons with Clawson at Wake Forest.[1] During the 2016 season, Elko's Wake Forest defense ranked in the top 20 for NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in defensive touchdowns scored, turnovers, red zone defense, sacks, and scoring defense. Alabama, Clemson and Washington, the three other FBS teams to accomplish this on defense, were among the four teams selected to compete in that season's College Football Playoff postseason tournament.[3] The Fighting Irish fired DC Brian VanGorder the prior September after Notre Dame started the season with a 1–3 record and a defense ranked third from the bottom of the FBS.[4] On January 4, 2018, Elko was hired by Jimbo Fisher as the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M inking a three-year deal averaging $1.8M/year.[5][6]

Statistics as Defensive CoordinatorEdit

Total Defense Passing Defense Rushing Defense Ref
2009 Bowling Green 87th 38th 103rd [7]
2010 Bowling Green 102nd 69th 111th [8]
2011 Bowling Green 79th 34th 104th [9]
2012 Bowling Green 6th 13th 12th [10]
2013 Bowling Green 10th 6th 47th [11]
2014 Wake Forest 41st 12th 83rd [12]
2015 Wake Forest 38th 32nd 52nd [13]
2016 Wake Forest 40th 66th 33rd [14]
2017 Notre Dame 46th 53rd 51st [15]
2018 Texas A&M 34th 107th 2nd [16]


  1. ^ a b c Sargeant, Keith. "Defensive coordinator with N.J. roots reportedly headed to Notre Dame | Who is Mike Elko?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 16, 2016. Accessed January 15, 2017. "Mike Elko, 39, grew up in South Brunswick, starring as the high school's quarterback before heading to play linebacker at the University of Pennsylvania and then beginning a collegiate coaching career that is now in its second decade. The 1995 South Brunswick High School graduate is set to be named the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, according to SI.com and other published reports."
  2. ^ Viking Athletic Club Hall of Fame Class of 2012, South Brunswick High School. Accessed January 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Mike Elko Named Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator, Notre Dame Fighting Irish football. Accessed January 15, 2017. "In 2016 at Wake Forest, Elko coordinated one of the two FBS defenses to rank in the top-20 in turnovers forced, sacks, red zone defense and scoring defense.... Wake Forest was one of four schools in the FBS to rank in the top-20 in turnovers forced, sacks and scoring defense in 2016. The other three schools -- Alabama, Clemson and Washington -- qualified for the College Football Playoff."
  4. ^ via Associated Press. "Notre Dame hires Wake Forest's Elko as defensive coordinator", Chicago Tribune, December 21, 2016. Accessed January 15, 2017. "Notre Dame has hired Mike Elko as its defensive coordinator, hoping he can turn around a unit that struggled at the beginning of last season and was blamed in part for a down year for the Fighting Irish.... Brian VanGorder was fired as defensive coordinator on Sept. 25, the day after a 38-35 loss to Duke dropped Notre Dame to 1-3 in what ended up being a 4-8 season. The Irish were ranked 103rd out of 128 teams in total defense at the time, giving up 456 yards a game."
  5. ^ Thamel, Pete (4 Jan 2018). "Source: Mike Elko's deal at Texas A&M is three years at an average of $1.8 million per year". @PeteThamel. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  6. ^ https://texags.com/s/26432/texas-am-hires-notre-dames-mike-elko-as-defensive-coordinator
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2009
  8. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2010
  9. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2011
  10. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2012
  11. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2013
  12. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2014
  13. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2015
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2016
  15. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2017
  16. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense/sort/totalYards/year/2018