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by Jason Knavel, AD Associate for Strategic Communications
Elon, NC – Elon University Head Football Coach Tony Trisciani announced the hiring of Nate Harris and Ty Greenwood to its coaching staff. Harris will coach running backs, while Greenwood will coach cornerbacks and serve as the team’s defensive passing coordinator. The hires fill positions that were open following the resignations of Clay Browning and Arketa Banks.
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Harris, who has a master’s degree in interactive media from Elon, was most recently the running backs coach and campus recruiting coordinator at the University of West Alabama, where the Tigers went 2-0 in an abbreviated campaign. of 2020 and 7-4 in 2021. West Alabama averaged 189.5 rushing yards in 2021 and scored 22 rushing touchdowns. Demetrius Battle (934 yards) and James Smith III (517 yards) both rushed for over 500 yards on the season and each averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Battle was named Gulf South First Team All-Conference in 2021, becoming the first Tiger running back to earn first-team recognition since 2013.
Prior to his time at West Alabama, Harris was the running backs coach at Guilford College from 2018 to 2019. Guilford averaged 166.7 rushing yards during his tenure with the Quakers despite going 5-14 combined at the during these two seasons. Under Harris’s tutelage, running back De’Eric Bell was named the AFCA’s 2018 First Team All-American All-Purpose Back, as well as the First Team All-Conference.
Harris also coached defensive backs at Middle Creek (NC) High School for three years, helping the program to a 35-6 record, consecutive undefeated seasons in 2015 and 2016, and two South Wake conference titles.
A 2012 graduate of Western Carolina University with a double major in broadcasting and public relations, Harris joined the Catamounts as an extra and eventually earned a full athletic scholarship and served as team captain for two years. He produced nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards in his career. In 2013, Harris earned her master’s degree in interactive media from Elon.
Greenwood joins Elon after three years (two seasons with the 2020 cancellation) at North Carolina Central, where he served as cornerbacks coach, defensive passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator. The 2019 team ranked 11and nationally in passing yards allowed at just 170.0 per contest and was 20and in the country with 14 interceptions.
Under Greenwood’s tutelage, cornerback Bryan Mills thrived, leading the MEAC with five interceptions and being named Phil Steele First Team All-Conference as well as BOXTOROW All-America, recognizing HBCU’s top players. Mills earned an invite to the NFL Combine, made his NFL debut with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021, and currently plays with the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions.
At North Carolina Central in 2021, the team ranked second in the MEAC in passing yards allowed per game.
From 2015 to 2018, Greenwood worked with cornerbacks and linebackers at Delaware State University. Prior to that, he was quality control coach at Kansas for the 2013-14 seasons. Greenwood also spent six seasons as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Pierce College in Los Angeles.
A 2004 Delaware State graduate, Greenwood served as a defensive back for three years. He earned All-MEAC honors and was the team’s defensive MVP in 2003, totaling 68 tackles.