FERRUM, Va. – Ferrum College will hold a press conference , to introduce Phil Elmassian as Defensive Coordinator for the College’s football program. The press conference will take place at in the Lynn Classroom inside Hank Norton Athletic Center.
Elmassian first came to Ferrum 1969 when he played football for Hank Norton when the school was a junior college. After playing two seasons at Ferrum, in which the Panthers posted a 12-4-1 mark, Elmassian transferred to the College of William & Mary, where played for the Tribe under Lou Holtz in 1971 and under Jim Root in 1972.
Elmassian returns to Ferrum after a 31 years away from the Panther gridiron program. One of the most sought-after defensive coaches in the country returns to his roots to help give back to the school for all that he’s learned over the years.
“I’m so excited to be back home,” said Elmassian. “Ferrum is where it all started for me … playing, academics and professionally. While this is my 40th year coaching, I feel like the opportunities presented to me by Ferrum to work with Coach Harper and the current football players make things feel like it’s a new beginning. This is a great opportunity for me to give back to an institution that has given me so much.”
Elmassian began his coaching career at William & Mary, serving as quarterbacks and running backs coach from 1974-75. He spent the next three years as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond before joining Norton on the Ferrum coaching staff from 1979-82. He has coached at five Virginia schools, including Ferrum, Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, University of Virginia (ACC Champions) and University of Richmond.
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