Coaching Staff

 

Associate Head Coach - Men's Sprints/Hurdles/Relays
Norbert Elliott


Norbert Elliott joined the Purdue staff in August 2012 with over 20 years of experience with major division I universities.

"Coach Elliott brings many elements to the table. He has a worldwide recruiting base and is excellent at identifying and evaluating talent," said head coach Lonnie Greene. "He brings great things to Purdue University and is an outstanding coach, teacher, and mentor. To add him to our staff is exciting. I very much look forward to the future of Purdue track and field with Coach Elliott on staff."

Elliott came to Purdue most recently from Campbell University where he was the head track and field and cross country coach last season. Prior to his stint with the Camels, he was an assistant track coach at the University of Tennessee for seven years. He also served as the head track and field and cross country coach at Murray State University for two years, assistant track coach at the University of Georgia for nine years, and an assistant track coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for three years.

While with Tennessee, Elliott was the recruiting coordinator for Caribbean student-athletes. He also helped coach his student-athletes to 29 All-America certificates, two NCAA Championships, eight SEC individual championships, and five school records. His excellence with the sprints led Elliott to be named the 2007 Mideast Assistant Sprints Coach of the Year.

In all, Elliott has coached over 50 All-Americans and eight individual NCAA Champions.

In 2001, Elliott was selected the head men's team coach of the Bahamas at the World Championships in Canada. There, he coached the men's 400m World Champion, the women's 200m World Champion and bronze medalist, and the men's 4x400m silver medal team. Elliott's international experience doesn't stop with the World Championships.

In 2000, he coached the 4x100m relay Olympic Gold Medal team in Sydney, Australia. Elliott also coached finalists in the 100m and 200m dashes in those Olympics. Elliott has also coached the World Junior Champions Team for jumps for the Bahamas in 2000 and the Bahamian World Championships women's finalists in the 100m and 200m in 1999. He has also coached numerous World Championships medalists from the Bahamas and Iceland including in 1995 when he was the Head Coach of the Bahamas National Team at the Central America and Caribbean Meet in Guatemala.

Elliott's coaching techniques have been used at clinics and camps across the country. In 1998, he presented his triple jump techniques and analyses at the MF-Athletics All-Star Clinic as well as at the USA Track Coaches Convention. Elliott's coaching techniques and recruiting are renowned throughout many of the nation's best conferences including the SEC and the Ohio Valley Conference.

 

Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coordinator
Angela Elliott

Angela (Goodman) Elliott returns to her alma mater after head coaching jobs at the University of Connecticut, Michigan State University, Olivet College, Syracuse and Yale. Most recently, she worked at Olivet College, in Olivet, Mich., where she was a student retention and academic advisor, 2008 to 2013, as well as the head coach of the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that stint, Elliott was the director of women's track and field and cross country at Michigan State. With the Spartans, she led numerous Big Ten Champions and NCAA All-Americans. Under Elliott, Michigan State's program doubled in size because of her hard work in coaching and recruiting. She was with Michigan State from 1998 to 2006.

Prior to her time at Michigan State, Elliott spent three years coaching at the University of Connecticut from 1996 to 1998. She was named the head coach of the women's program that year and led numerous athletes to school records, conference titles and a team conference championship. Elliott also spent a pair of seasons on the staff at Syracuse as a graduate assistant from 1995 to 1996. She originally broke into the coaching scene in 1992 at Yale University were she was an assistant coach until 1995. There, she worked mainly with the horizontal jumpers.

Among Elliott's countless accomplishments are coaching a two-time Big Ten champion in the triple jump, a two-time triple jump All-American and a Mid-East Regional long jump champion. Elliott has served as the head women's coach of the US National Track and Field Team in 2007 for the Norwich Union International Games and was an assistant coach for the team in 1997 and 2001 for the Outdoor World Championships and the World University Games, respectively. Elliott is also a member of the Purdue University Women's Track and Field Hall of Fame, as she was inducted in 1994.

Elliott coaches with the sprints, hurdles and relays and coordinate recruiting.

 

Assistant Coach - Throws
Keith McBride


Keith McBride became the Purdue men's and women's throws coach in August 2011 after spending seven years in the same position at Marshall University.

In four years working as the throws coach at Purdue, McBride has proven himself as one of the most elite throws coaches in the nation. He has had at least two qualified entries in six of the eight NCAA Championships, indoors and out, since he joined the Boilermaker staff. He has had an athlete compete at every NCAA Championship during his tenure at Purdue.

In just four years at Purdue, McBride has helped six different individuals qualify for a combined 21 NCAA Championship events. He has coached his athletes to six of the eight biggest awards handed out after each Big Ten track and field championship. McBride has coached Purdue throwers to the women's Big Ten Athlete of the Year (top female athlete in the Big Ten in any sport), the men's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, the men's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships, the women's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, the women's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships, the women's indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the women's indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships.

McBride's throwers have broken six different school records numerous times in the last four seasons. His student-athletes have won six Big Ten titles and 19 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. In his four years, McBride has led Boilermaker throwers to 22 NCAA East Regionals qualifying marks during the outdoor seasons. McBride has had at least one Big Ten champion in his group every year since he joined the staff, including one in 2015, two in 2014, one in 2013 and two in 2012.

 

Assistant Coach - Distance
John Oliver


John Oliver was named Purdue’s distance assistant track & field and cross country coach July 12, 2017. Oliver joined the Boilermakers after spending five years at Stanford, including three consecutive top-3 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the Cardinal men’s program, where he was the men's distance assistant coach.

Oliver helped lead the Stanford distance crew to achievements it hadn’t seen in at least a decade. His Cardinal men’s cross country team was the NCAA runner-up in 2016 as well as in 2014, with a third place finish in 2015. It was the first time Stanford had even back-to-back top-3 finishes in more than 10 years. He also led the program to two West Regional titles in cross country.

Oliver led seven different individuals to All-America honors in his last three seasons at Stanford, including three top-10 finishers at the cross country national championships. On the track, Oliver coached the 2017 NCAA Outdoor 5,000-meter national champion, Grant Fisher, who, as just a sophomore, earned Stanford’s first individual national title in six years. A year earlier, Oliver directed Sean McGorty to a runner-up finish in the indoor 3,000-meter race as well as the outdoor 5,000-meter race.

Other achievements by Cardinal distance runners competing for Oliver include a Pac-12 Cross Country Freshman of the Year, the school record in the mile with a time of 3:53.95 – No. 2 in history among American collegians indoors on any size track, the No. 3 time on the all-time U.S. junior 5k list (13:30.13), five All-Americans at a single cross country NCAA meet, the 2014 DMR national title, a Pan-Am Cup and NACAC champion, as well as an NCAA West Regional champion.

Oliver, a native of St. Louis, was a collegiate runner for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. During his time there, his cross country and track teams won 11 of a possible 12 league titles.