Sources tell FootballScoop that Eastern Kentucky head coach Mark Elder will not return.
The program's head coach the last four seasons, our understanding is that Elder's contract is up and despite significant progress on-the-field, in facilities, and in recruiting, administration has decided to not renew his deal.
Elder led the team to a 7-5 season and fourth-place finish in the tough FCS Ohio Valley Conference. It marked the second season in a row that Elder led the team to seven wins.
This season, their largest margin of loss against fellow FCS opponents was just 12 points.
His bio notes that Elder drove "dramatic facility improvements" during his time on campus, bringing a state of the art strength and conditioning center to campus complete with an indoor turf area and the second largest nutrition bar in all of college athletics.
The EKU job was Elder's first head coaching opportunity after serving as an assistant at places like Tennessee, Michigan, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Lehigh, and Wayne State (D-II - MI).
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