In a year of exciting sport action perhaps the biggest surprise to many was the firing of head football coach at EKU Mark Elder. Elder had just led the Colonels to back to back 7 win seasons and a season ending victory over Jacksonville State.
Elder came to Richmond in December of 2015 and became the 14th Head Coach in Colonel history. Coach Elder finished his career at EKU with a losing record (21-24) and an almost .500 record in league play (15-16). Colonels never finished higher than 3rd place in the OVC under his leadership.
Many were shocked and saddened when EKU announced that Mark’s contract was not going to be renewed after the season. To some fans the move was a longtime coming as the fan base can be a fickle bunch. Colonel fans yearn for the program to get back to national prominence but they must understand that the Ohio Valley Conference has become one of the strongest in the country.
The head coaching job at EKU is not an easy job, it takes someone who is not intimidated by the large shadow of the man who the stadium is named after and where his statue now stands watching every game. Coach Elder gave Eastern Kentucky 4 years of hard work and loyalty and for that Colonel fans owe him a thank you.