Chattanooga Football Club today announced the return of Bill Elliott as head coach for the 2019 season. Elliott rejoins the club for his eighth season with the club where he has amassed a record of 79-25-24 (.711), including three 15-win seasons, six Southeastern Conference titles, four national semi finals, three national final appearances, and one amateur national championship title.
“Bill has been a force for Chattanooga Football Club over the last seven years,” said Sheldon Grizzle, President of Chattanooga Football Club. “We’re thrilled that he’s back! He has always put together highly competitive teams and we have no doubt that he’ll do the same as we transition from amateur to professional players next year.”
In addition to his return as the head coach, Elliott has also taken on the role of general manager for the club. As Elliott steps into this new role, Sheldon Grizzle, the club’s current general manager, will be named President of Chattanooga Football Club.
“This is an exciting time to be a Chattanooga Football Club fan,” said Elliott. “There is so much positive momentum here, I’m confident that 2019 will be our best year yet. We already have some players identified that we’d like to bring onboard. As always, the Chattahooligans will be here to give us the perfect atmosphere. We’re moving forward, and I’m excited to be back with the team.”
The club also announced today that Peter Fuller will join Elliott as the club’s associate head coach. Fuller is one of the winningest coaches of all time in NAIA soccer history with a record of 311-115-21. He won two NAIA national championships as a head coach and has also spent time as an assistant with the New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to join Chattanooga FC.” Said Fuller, “To have an opportunity to be a part of a club with the great history that this club has and be on the ground floor as they enter a new era is both an honor and a privilege. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my old colleague and friend Bill Elliott in this venture!”
“We are blessed with a coaching staff of this caliber,” continued Grizzle. “Most clubs around the country would love to have one of these men heading up their team. Both men have had incredible success identifying and cultivating talent. We are certain that our players will thrive under their leadership and, together, they will lead Chattanooga Football Club to a new level.”
Bill Elliott Facts at a Glance:
Chattanooga FC Head Coach 2012-present
Record at Chattanooga FC- 79-25-24 Three-time NPSL National Coach of the Year
11-Time Conference Coach of the Year
Three 15-win seasons
Six Southeast Conference Titles in seven years
Four-time National Semi-Finalist
Three-time National Finalist
Peter Fuller Facts at a Glance:
New England Revolution- reserve team coach and first team assistant coach
Philadelphia Union- staff coach
All-time NAIA Record- 311-115-21
Two time NAIA National Champion Coach
Three time NAIA National Coach of the Year
Ten time Conference Coach of the Year
NAIA Hall of Fame