Elaine Elliott was ranked as the 17th most powerful person in Utah sports in 2006.
July 18, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah head women's basketball coach Elaine Elliott has been included among a list of Utah's most powerful sports personalities for the past year. The Salt Lake Tribune listed Elliott No. 17 among its annual list of the 25 most powerful people in Utah sports.
The newspaper had the following to say about Elliott:
"In her 23rd season, Elliott took her program from obscurity to the Elite Eight last year as the Utes became the little team that could. The Utes also carried the banner for the state as other teams didn't make the NCAA Tournaments or were quickly dismissed.
Utah finished 12th in the final USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll, its highest ranking ever. Stars Shona Thorburn and Kim Smith became the first Utah players drafted into the WNBA with Thorburn going No. 7 to Minnesota and Smith going at No. 13 to Sacramento. Elliott has the longest tenure of any coach in the Mountain West Conference and has had just one losing season and has never posted a conference record below .500."
Elliott was one of just two women on the list. She was one of three University of Utah athletics department personnel. Ute gymnastics coach Greg Marsden (No. 15) and Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill (No. 19) were also on the list.
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