Brandon Elliott finished the 2018 season as the most successful softball coach in program history, going 408-103 in his 11 years at the helm.
Most recently, Elliott directed the squad to its second-striaght NCAA Division III National Championship in 2018. The team went 39-1 during the regular season, eventually claiming the both ODAC's regular season title and Championship title. Elliott directed the Marlins through the NCAA Regional Round and Super Regional Round unscathed, earning the team its second trip to the NCAA Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. in as many years. There the team went undefeated until the final round, where it eventually dropped Illinois Wesleyan University for the National Championship. The team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the entire 2018 season, setting a record of 55-3 which broke the NCAA record for wins that was set by VWU the previous season (54-3). The team boasted the ODAC Player of the Year (Madison Glaubke), the VaSID Player of the Year (Cassetty Howerin) as well as the NFCA National Player of the Year (Hanna Hull). At year's end, Elliott and staff were also named the ODAC's, the State's as well as the National Coaching Staff of the Year.
Elliott has led the Marlins to many firsts in his duration as the head mentor of the program, putting forth an impressive effort in 2015-16 that saw the Marlins ascend to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. That squad won 38 games and led the nation in steals per game (3.64) while finishing second in ERA (1.11).
His 2017 squad spent the majority of the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, proving that ranking in the NCAA Tournament. The Marlins advanced to the College World Series for the first time, dropping their first game in Oklahoma City before winning six straight to claim the first national championship in program history. The squad went 54-3, the top winning percentage in the nation while setting a Division III record for wins.
Hanna Hull led the nation in wins (32) and ERA (0.51) and was second in strikeouts (372). As a squad, the Marlins' team ERA of 0.80 led all of Division III. Kiersten Richardson stole 64 bases in the championship season, the third Marlin in four years to lead the nation in steals.
Elliott and his coaching staff was named National Coaching Staff of the Year by the NFCA for the record-breaking championship run while Hull earned the first National Player of the Year honor in program history.
He has led the softball team to the ODAC championship game in eight of his 11 seasons as head coach. The Marlins have won six league titles in his time as coach, with NCAA appearances in seven of the past eight seasons, winning 27 games in NCAA tournament play.
His squad has consistently been in the national polls since taking over, but the team has also been atop the national scene in several statistical categories. Elliott’s pitching staff has been ranked in the top 20 nationally in ERA on a yearly basis, reaching a No. 2 ranking in 2016 with a 1.11 mark. That pitching staff was paced by Schutt/NFCA National Freshman of the Year and All-American Kandis Kresinske in the circle.
His squads run the bases with the best in the nation, leading the country in stolen bases in 2015 and 2016. Two of his players, Kayla Malkos in 2014 and Courtney Bogan in 2016, have captured the individual stolen base crown, breaking school and conference records for steals in the process.
He has coached 13 All-Americans: Tori Higginbotham (2012, 2013, 2014), Kristina Kargiorgis (2012, 2015), Courtney Bogan (2015, 2016), Kandis Kresinske (2016), Cassetty Howerin (2016, 2017, 2018), Kiersten Richardson (2017), and Hanna Hull (2017, 2018).
The Marlins have perennially placed multiple athletes on the All-ODAC, All-Region, and All-State teams with nine members on the ODAC squad every year from 2013 to 2016, including four ODAC Players of the Year and seven ODAC Pitchers of the Year. He has mentored the ODAC Pitcher of the Year in each of the past six seasons, from 2012 to 2017. He has produced five State Players of the Year, five State Pitchers of the Year, and three State Rookies of the Year. Thirty-eight Marlins have also found their name listed on the All-Region teams in his tenure.
Prior to his time as head coach, Elliott served as an assistant coach for the VWC baseball team from 2003 to 2007, helping guide the Marlins to two ODAC titles. During his time, he coached Jason Jarrett and Colin Roberson, both draftees of the Florida Marlins.
Elliott was a four-year member of the Virginia Wesleyan baseball team, helping lead the Marlins to two ODAC titles. He served as a team captain on the 2003 team that finished 34-9.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2003 with a major in communications. Elliott received his master’s degree in sports management in 2012 from California University of Pennsylvania.
Elliott and his wife Laura (Mills), a 2005 VWC graduate, reside in Chesapeake with their son Cooper, and dogs Bailey and Gracie.
- 6 NCAA Appearances – 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- 6 ODAC Championships – 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
- ODAC Coach of the Year – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
- State Coach of the Year - 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
- 8 ODAC Regular Season Championships
- All-ODAC Honorees – 74
- ODAC Players of the Year – 6
- ODAC Pitchers of the Year – 9
- ODAC Rookies of the Year - 4
- All-State Honorees – 37
- All-State Players of the Year – 6
- All-State Pitchers of the Year – 6
- All-State Rookies of the Year - 3
- All-Region Honorees – 41
- All-American Honorees – 14
- Academic All-American Honorees – 3
- Academic All-District Recipients - 5
- Led Marlins to program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2016
- Set a national record with 55 wins in 2018 to bring the softball program its second-straight national championship
- National Coaching Staff of the Year - 2017, 2018