In his first season at Nevada, Kirk Elias brings a wealth of experience to the Wolf Pack as he takes over the highly successful distance and cross country programs.
In thirty years of coaching, Elias has become known for developing both young and elite athletes. He is one of a handful of US coaches to have coached two women to sub nine minute 3000 meter performances, has coached one woman to five world championship teams for the USA, and took Arkansas-Little Rock, which had never won a cross country conference title, to four since 2001.
Elias comes to Nevada from being the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock where he took last place teams to conference titles while earning four conference Cross Country Coach of the Year awards. He also coached Division I All-Americans on the men's and women's track and field teams with both squads earning the national All-Academic Awards in 2002-03 and '03-04 seasons.
Prior to his time at UALR, Elias was the women's assistant at Texas Tech where he coached the cross country team to its then highest finish ever at the NCAA District Championship. He recruited and coached two individual national qualifiers in 1996-1997, the school's first women to reach nationals since 1984 in cross country and 1985 on the track. Overall, his athletes set 12 new school records.
After several years coaching at the high school and small college levels, Elias began coaching at the Division I level in 1985 as an assistant at Minnesota where he coached an All-American.
An accomplished speaker and clinician, he has been active in coaching education across the USA. In addition to his domestic experience, Elias was a two time jumps coach for the British Virgin Islands National Team in 1989 and 1991.
Elias attained his bachelor's degree in secondary education/speech and English in 1978 from Minnesota.