Since 2014, Rob Eliot has been the New York Red Bulls U23 Head Coach. The team competes in the PDL, the fourth tier and highest level of amateur soccer in America. In the 2015 season, he led the team to the PDL Finals. He has also been the Head of Scouting for the Red Bulls since 2014. His two roles go hand in hand to give him the best look at players to move through the ranks.
A native of Middletown, N.J., Rob Elliott joined the Red Bulls Academy in March 2008. He led various Academy teams, from the U20s to the U16s, to tremendous success over the years. In 2009, Elliott led the U16 Academy team to an appearance in the USDA finals. Elliott was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Year in the USDA. 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.
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 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.