Derrick Elder begins his first season as the running backs coach at Northern Michigan after spending a season coaching the h-backs at Mississippi State University who was ranked the number one team in the country for five weeks during the 2014 season.
Prior to his time Mississippi State he was an offensive graduate assistant at New Mexico State where he assisted with coaching the offensive line. Before New Mexico State, Elder, was a graduate assistant at Valdosta State. Elder helped the team to a 12-2 overall record in 2012, winning the last 10 games of the season as they went on to win the Division II National Championship. He worked with the offensive line and helped coach three All-Americans, including Edmund Kugbila who was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
A native to Louisville, Ky., Elder played on the offensive line for four years at Western Kentucky where he also earned a bachelors degree in sport managmenet in 2010.