Assistant Coach for Cross-Country and Track and Field
Sports Information Director
Mitchell Elias joined the Eagle distance running program in 2012 as an Assistant Coach for Cross-Country and Track and Field. He has coached alongside Head Coach Matt Koenigs since joining his staff at Everett Community College in 2011. Elias was hired immediately after Koenigs to join the staff at Trinity and has been a huge part of the program. He played a pivotal role mentoring Lloyd Byram and Brandon Jenkins, who competed in their first season at the NCCAA National Championship Cross-Country Meet in Cedarville, Ohio.
Elias originally joined the EvCC program as a student-athlete in 2007, where he was elected team captain. He participated in the college's inaugural track season and earned All-American honors in the steeplechase at the NWAACC Championship. His time at EvCC was a historic one for the distance running program. His 2007 XC team finished a surprising second overall to earn a podium position for the first time since 1982. That began a streak of podium finishes for the Trojans that now stands at a school record seven straight years. In 2008, his men’s team placed second and he placed fourteenth overall at the NWAACC Cross-Country Championship.
After competing for two years at EvCC, he accepted a scholarship offer to compete for the University of Great Falls in Montana. At UGF, Elias was one of the first athletes to represent the school at the NAIA Indoor National Championship and was selected by his peers to represent them as their captain for both Cross-Country and Track and Field. Elias concluded his collegiate eligibility at Great Falls before returning to the Northwest to finish his undergraduate work at Western Washington University, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing. His collegiate career saw him post personal records in the 3,000m steeplechase of 9:47.41 and in Cross-Country with an 8k time of 26:03.
Elias and his wife Tiffany live in Everett with their one-year old son David. In the spring, Elias splits his time between coaching the Trinity and the Mariner High School Track and Field programs.