Iowa honors late wife of former UM coach Bump Elliott

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Iowa City, Iowa — Barbara Elliott, the wife of former Michigan football coach Bump Elliott, passed away earlier this month.

She was 92.

Before Sunday’s basketball game between Iowa and Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, a moment of silence was held for Elliott, who died Jan. 5 in Iowa City.

After his Michigan career, Bump Elliott became Iowa athletic director.

In her obituary in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Barb Elliott was called the “consummate coach’s wife.”

“She endured the defeats and celebrated the victories and always had a big pot of chili waiting after the game,” the obituary read.

Barbara Elliott was born in Monticello, Illinois, and met Bump Elliott when they were students at Purdue, and he played on the football team.

They married in 1949, and spent 1957-70 in Michigan, where Bump Elliott coached the backfield (1957-58), before becoming head coach (1959-69) and associated athletic director (1969-70).

He took the Iowa athletic director job in 1970 and worked through 1991. In Iowa, Barbara Elliott made volunteering her mission, at churches, schools and anywhere she could help.

Elliott is survived by her husband of 66 years, sons William and Robert, daughter Elizabeth, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.