South Louisiana sports briefs for July 10, 2013

Elliott leaves LSU,
takes Clemson job

After more than 20 years with the LSU track and field program, as a student-athlete and coach, Mark Elliott has resigned his position as assistant head coach to become the director of track and field at Clemson.

Elliott played a role in LSU capturing 21 national championships and 18 Southeastern Conference championships since joining the squad for the 1989 season as one of the NCAA’s premier distance runners.

“I appreciate being a part of the LSU family for so long. As a student and as a coach, I’ve always been committed to this great program and what we’ve worked to achieve these many years,” Elliott said. “An ambition of mine has always been to one day be a head coach of a Division I program. I now have that opportunity at Clemson University.”

Bari steps down as coach at LSU-E

LSU-Eunice women’s basketball coach Michael Bari announced is leaving the program to head up his own sports management company.

Bari served as the Lady Bengal coach for nine seasons and amassed a 154-113 record. He joined LSU-Eunice in 2004 after coaching at Colorado Northwest Community College, Gannon University, Alderson Broadus College, Penn State University-Behrend College and East Stroudsburg University.

On the court, Bari’s teams reached the District finals in six of his nine seasons and reached the final four of the NJCAA national tournament in 2007.