A native of Middletown, N.J., Rob Elliott joined the Red Bulls Academy in March 2008, leading the U20s to the North American Super 20 Finals. In 2009, Elliott led the U16 Academy team to an appearance in the USDA finals. After capturing the Mid-Atlantic Division regular season, the U16's ran through the opening round of the USDA playoffs going 3-0 to advance to the USDA Finals. Along the way the U16's tied the U17 USA National Team. Keith Cardona was brought in to the U17 National Team to join fellow Red Bulls Academy product Juan Agudelo. Elliott was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Year in the USDA and three of his players were in the starting 11, Victor Manosalvas, Keith Cardona, and Bryan Gallego. The U16's finished the season with a 24-6-7 record. Elliott also helped guide the 2009 U20 Red Bulls Academy to its first ever U20 Super Y National Championship. The U20's went undefeated in the regular season posting a 9-0-1 mark to claim first place in the Mid-Atlantic division. In the finals, the U20's defeated fellow MLS Academies Chicago Fire 2-1 in the Semi-Final and Chivas USA 7-0 in the Final to win the U20 National Championship.
Prior to Joining the Red Bulls, Elliott was the assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University for four years. During his time at VCU, Elliott helped the Rams reach the NCAA Quarterfinal and a final NSCAA National Ranking of seven. Five VCU Players were named All-Americans during Elliott's tenure. Prior to VCU, Elliott was the assistant for six seasons at his alma mater, Cornell University. He was also the head coach of the U14 Region I Olympic Development Program for the past five years and is the founder and former director of coaching of TC United Premier Soccer Club in Ithaca, N.Y.
A 1997 graduate of Cornell with a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources, Elliott was named to the 1996 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Umbro Division I Men's All-America Second Team. He was a two-time First-Team All-New York State selection and set a school record with 18 career assists. The Big Red was 27-6-3 during his final two seasons, the best two-year span in school history. Cornell appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of those two seasons, going 15-2-1 in 1995 with an Ivy League championship, and 12-4-2 in 1996.
Following college, Elliott played for the North Jersey Imperials of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues from 1997-98.