Wake Forest graduate Tom Elrod begins his 11th season as an assistant coach with the Demon Deacons. Elrod is in his sixth year as Wake Forest's quarterbacks coach and will also serve as the passing game co-coordinator for the second year.
Elrod first came to Winston-Salem in the fall of 1993 as a quarterback, graduated in 1997 and served as a graduate assistant from 1999-2001. After a year as the offensive line coach at Wofford, Elrod returned to his alma mater in February 2003.
In 2011, Elrod helped lead the Deacon passing attack to a school record 3,291 yards. He also coached quarterback Tanner Price, who set the Wake Forest record for yardage his first two seasons (4,366).
Under Elrod's tutelage, Riley Skinner became the most successful quarterback in school history, setting nearly every season and career passing record. Skinner also set an NCAA record by completing all 11 pass attempts in Wake's 29-19 EagleBank Bowl win over Navy.
In 2009, Wake Forest's offense threw for a school record 3,259 yards, the 26th-highest total in the nation. Skinner developed into an NFL-caliber quarterback, signing with the New York Giants as a free agent.
In 2007, Elrod's tight ends and fullbacks played a vital role in Wake Forest's 9-4 season and victory over Connecticut in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Tight end John Tereshinski, an NFL free agent signee following the season, finished his career with 60 receptions, the fifth-most ever by a Deacon tight end. Elrod's fullbacks opened holes along the offensive line that allowed tailback Josh Adams to rush for 953 yards and earn ACC Freshman of the Year honors.
The 2006 season also saw the continued reliability of tight ends Zac Selmon and Tereshinski and fullback Rich Belton and the development of freshman Mike Rinfrette. Those four players combined for 41 receptions and 437 receiving yards. Elrod's punt team ranked ninth in the nation in net punting.
In 2005, Elrod was instrumental in the development of two young position groups. The young quartet of Belton, a freshman; Damon McWhite, a junior; and sophomores Selmon and Tereshinski combined for 29 percent of the team's receiving touchdowns and 23 percent of the team's receptions. On the ground, the Deacon offense led the ACC in rushing, averaging 197 yards per game. Elrod's punt coverage unit led the nation in punting average (47.0) and net punting (41.4).
In his first season as an assistant coach at Wake Forest in 2003, Elrod's punt coverage unit ranked second in the ACC with a net average of 38.3. Fullback Nick Burney ranked fourth on the team with four rushing touchdowns.
In 2002, Elrod helped guide the Wofford Terriers to a 9-3 record and second-place finish in the Southern Conference. Wofford ranked second nationally in Division I-AA in rushing (342.2 yards per game), and four offensive linemen earned all-conference honors under Elrod's tutelage.
Prior to his stint at Wofford, Elrod spent three seasons as a graduate assistant for the Deacons (1999-2001) while earning his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management. His primary area of concentration as a graduate assistant was with the offense, particularly the fullbacks and tight ends. He also worked with the defensive scout team as it prepared the starting offensive unit for upcoming opponents.
Elrod was a part of Wake Forest's 1999 Aloha Bowl championship team and played a valuable role in the transition of the coaching staff prior to the 2001 season. A Dean's List student in during his undergraduate days, Elrod spent two years as a business analyst with NationsBank (Bank of America) in Charlotte before accepting a graduate assistant position at Wake Forest in 1999.
Elrod, a native of Winter Park, Fla., joined the Deacon football team as a walk-on quarterback in the 1993 season. He earned a spot on the roster and eventually earned a varsity letter in the 1996 season. Elrod graduated from Wake Forest in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in communication.
Elrod is married to the former Maureen Sheehy. They have a son, Thomas, who was born in May 2007, as well as a daughter, Anne Louise, who was born in May 2009. A second son, Byron Daniel, was born in July, 2012 but succumbed to a rare brain tumor a week later.
The Tom Elrod File
March 11, 1975
Winter Park, Fla.
Tommy, Anne and Byron
Wake Forest University, 1997
B.A. in Communication
Master's in Business Administration
Earned one varsity letter in football at Wake Forest in 1996 after joining the team as a walk-on quarterback prior to the 1993 season.