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Eastern Kentucky University will introduce new head football coach Mark Elder at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 10.  Elder has served as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Tennessee since 2013.

The press conference will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at O’Donnell Hall in the Whitlock Building on the EKU campus.  Media members and fans are invited to attend.     

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Mark and his family to EKU,” Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller said.  “Eastern Kentucky University football has a national championship tradition, and I am confident Mark Elder is the coach that will bring excitement back to Colonel football and make EKU a factor again on the national stage.”

“I’m excited, blessed and honored for the opportunity to lead one of the most tradition rich programs in college football,” Elder said.  “It didn’t take me long to realize that this is a special place.  Lindsey and I look forward to becoming a part of the Richmond community.”

Elder is the 14th head coach in program history.

“It is humbling to have the opportunity to lead the same program that legendary Coach Roy Kidd built into a national powerhouse,” said Elder.  “It’s important to me that we maintain the standards, both on and off the field, that coach Kidd established during his Hall of Fame career.”

Over his past 11 seasons as an assistant coach, Elder has helped his teams reach nine bowl games and win four conference championships.  In 2014 he was ranked as one of the top 50 recruiters in the nation.  This season he was recognized as one of the top 25 recruiters in college football.