Jamelle Elliott has found her way back to Storrs.
The former UConn forward and assistant women’s basketball coach is returning as the associate athletic director for the university’s new National “C” Club, it was announced Wednesday.
“It feels good to be home,” Elliott said in a release. “I am extremely grateful to (UConn athletic director) David Benedict for the opportunity to come back to a place that brings back so many fond memories. I look forward to working alongside the rest of the Athletics staff to have a positive impact on our current student-athletes and I am eager to engage with our alumni and rejuvenate pride in being a ‘Husky for Life.’”
Elliott was a key member of UConn’s first national championship team in 1995 and finished her career ranked second in school history in rebounding (1,054) and 11th in scoring (1,387). She played in 135 games over that time — never missing a game or a practice — and became just the second player to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds at UConn.
Even after her playing career was over, Elliott remained a visible figure in the Huskies’ program. She worked as an assistant coach under Geno Auriemma from 1997-2009, helping lead the Huskies to five national championships and 23 conference titles.
Elliott most recently served as the head coach at Cincinnati, where she went 113-162 over nine seasons. Despite leading the Bearcats to a 19-13 record last season — the school’s best in 15 years — Elliott was fired in March.
Shortly after Elliott was let go, Auriemma took to social media to vehemently defend her dismissal: “Positively disgraceful that Jamelle Elliott was let go at Cincinnati. Anyone interested in that job would be well advised to do their homework,” Auriemma wrote on his personal Twitter account, @GenoAjustsayin.
In her new role, Elliott will tasked with helping to set up networking, internship and mentoring opportunities for alumni and current student-athletes.
“As we continue to pursue excellence it is important to provide a platform for former student-athletes to connect and assist each other and current Huskies with mentoring, internships and job opportunities,” Benedict said. “As a former UConn student-athlete and coach, Jamelle is a perfect fit to develop and direct this special program.”