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Former Elon coach Jerry Tolley contributes to USA Football guide

Jerry Tolley

Former Elon head football coach Jerry Tolley has been published in USA Football’s 2016 "Guide to a Better, Safer Game," a book that will be sent to more than 15,000 head football coaches across the United States.

Tolley's article, "Teaching Leadership," focuses on how football coaches are responsible not just for coordinating plays, but for teaching lifelong skills to athletes and turning them into leaders on and off the field. 

Tolley started working at Elon in 1967 and was named head coach in 1977. Under his leadership, Elon won two national titles (1980 and 1981), four South Atlantic Conference championships and three district titles. He also received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Dwight D. Eisenhower Award and the Eastman Kodak National Collegiate Football Championship Award.

Tolley has published six books on football as well as several articles related to the sport. In 2011, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and serves as the current mayor of the Town of Elon.


Eric Townsend,
11/11/2015 4:10 PM