Jerome Elliott is a retired science teacher with 35 years of teaching experience in the Tuscaloosa County school system.
During his 35 years of teaching, he was also an assistant coach for the Hillcrest High School boys basketball team.
In 1982, he founded and coached the first AAU athletic club for at risk youth in Tuscaloosa County. This team played for the state championship in its very first year.
Elliott became a head coach when he started the girls varsity basketball program at Hillcrest high school in 1989. In 1995, he formed a summer coed community basketball league for youth development and participation.
In 1998, he formed the first all-girls amateur athletic union (AAU) club for West Alabama. This club included young ladies from Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale, Sumter, Fayette, Lamar, Bibb and Perry Counties. The club went on to win several State championships and competed in several national championship tournaments.
With the assistance of Coach Roosevelt Sanders, they started the first camp of champions for the youth of Tuscaloosa and West Alabama.
Upon retiring from teaching, he was offered and accepted the position of head varsity girls basketball coach at Sipsey Valley high school. Over the course of the next seven years, they would win six of seven area championships and played for two state championships.
After 31 years of coaching, he has compiled a record of 643 wins and 247 losses.