MACOMB, Ill. -- Western Illinois University athletic director Matt Tanney wasted no time finding football coach Charlie Fisher's replacement.
Thursday morning, with Fisher's resignation finally official, Tanney introduced Jared Elliott as the Leathernecks' new head coach. Elliott served the previous two seasons as WIU's assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator.
He also served as an assistant coach at WIU during the 2012 season.
"Jared is well respected among his coaching peers, and I can tell you that he is well-respected by our student-athletes and our current roster," Tanney said at a press conference in the Hall of Fame Room inside Western Hall. "He understands what it takes to be successful at this next level.
"Most importantly, we are on the same page when it comes to the expectations and priorities of this football program."
This will be the Elliott's first head coaching stint.
He previously served as an assistant coach at Carthage College, Miami (Ohio) and Missouri Southern. Elliott played quarterback and wide receiver at Miami (Ohio) from 2004-07 and was part of three Mid-American Conference championship teams.
"This is truly a dream come true for me," Elliott said. "I've wanted to coach since I was in high school. I am beyond humbled and grateful to be your head football coach. This is not something I take lightly by any means, and I am very excited about what is next. Whenever you get an opportunity, it takes people to believe in you and give you an opportunity, just like anything in life."
Fisher's departure had been rumored for weeks as he engaged in talks with Arizona State coach Herm Edwards about becoming the Sun Devils' wide receivers coach. That move finally became official this week.
Fisher led Leathernecks to a 14-9 record over the past two seasons, culminating with an FCS playoff appearance last fall. The Leathernecks also were 8-8 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.