Cowgirl assistant entering fourth season with program
Highlights from the 2011 Oklahoma State Cowgirl Soccer season, where OSU won its fifth Big 12 Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight year.
Justin Elkington is the newest member of the Cowgirl coaching staff, having been named an assistant in July 2009. He was elevated to associate head coach in July 2012.
Since Elkington's arrival in Stillwater, OSU has compiled a 68-19-9 record (.755) and continued to establish itself as a national power by making three appearances in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. In two of the last three seasons, the Cowgirls advanced to the Elite Eight of the tourney and finished No. 5 in the final national rankings.
The Cowgirls have also captured three Big 12 Conference championships since Elkington's arrival, claiming tournament titles in 2009 and 2010 and a regular season crown in 2011.
In 2012, Elkington was named the NSCAA Women's College Assistant Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region after helping guide OSU to a school-record 22 wins.
A native of Lincoln, England, Elkington spent 10 years as the head coach of the Broken Arrow Soccer Club prior to joining the Cowgirls. While there, he coached and helped develop such future OSU standouts as Siera Strawser, Katie Richardson, Allyson Leggett and Sarah Brown.
"Joining the coaching staff at Oklahoma State gave me an opportunity to coach at a higher level and at a program which has established itself as one of the top collegiate soccer programs in the country," Elkington said. "I'm very familiar with the program's status and its history, and the long-term vision of the program is on par with my own ambition -- to coach and win at the highest level."
Elkington had an immediate impact in his first season in Stillwater, helping the Cowgirls to a 15-7-2 mark and a Big 12 Conference tournament championship. OSU also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year. In 2010, OSU enjoyed its most successful season ever with 20 wins, another Big 12 Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight.
Among Elkington's duties at OSU is goalkeeper coach, and he was instrumental in the development of record-setting goalie AD Franch, helping her develop into a three-time All-American and four-time All-Big 12 First Team selection.
Elkington, who turned the Hurricane Futball Club into one of the premier youth soccer clubs in the region, was named the 2008 Youth Girls Soccer Coach of the Year by the Oklahoma Soccer Association. He has also spent time as a coach in the Oklahoma Olympic Development Program.
"Justin is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. "He is a top-class coach and has received the highest level of coaching licenses available in the United States. His dedication to continuing his coaching education has made him one of the most qualified coaches around, and we are fortunate to have him on our staff... His knowledge and ability to teach the game of soccer should help us to build upon our recent success and continue to compete on the national level."
A 1997 graduate of Oral Roberts University, Elkington was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles' soccer team. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mass media communications, public relations and advertising.
Elkington was a captain of a national championship state soccer team in his native England and also played professional soccer for the Tulsa Roughnecks.
Elkington holds several national licenses from the United States Soccer Federation, including an "A" License, a "Director of Coaching Diploma," a "National Youth License" and a "Goal Keeping License."
He also holds a "Premier Diploma" and a Regional "Goal Keeper Diploma" from the National Soccer Coaching Association of America.
Elkington and his wife, Deana, were married in August of 2008.