|Alma Mater||Appalachian State '08|
Elder comes to North Greenville from Woodruff High School where he spent the last four seasons as the head coach, going 28 - 17 in his time with the Wolverines. The Wolverines earned the region crown in 2015.
Elder is a familiar name in the upstate, having played at storied Byrnes High School, winning two state championships with the Rebels. Elder was named South Carolina's "Mr. Football" in 2003, an award given out to the state's best high school player.
Upon Graduation, Elder enrolled at Appalachian State University where he was a four-year letterman for the Mountaineers (2004 - 2007). Elder spent much of his time at App State backing up Richie Williams and Armanti Edwards, two of the greatest signal-callers in program history. He excelled when given the opportunity, going 7 - 1 when called upon, including a 4 - 0 stretch in 2007, helping the Mountaineers to a third straight FCS National Championship.
Elder also played an integral roll in the Mountaineers' first national title, filling in for an injured Richie Williams in the national semifinals and leading App State to a come-from-behind, 29 - 23 win over Furman University.
Trey Elder's first stop as a football coach came in 2009 when he took over the wide receivers at his alma mater, Byrnes High School. He remained in Duncan for one season before returning to Appalachian State to coach the same position with the Mountaineers. In his time as a coach at App, Elder directed a trio of all-conference caliber pass catchers including NFL All-Star Brian Quick, CoCo Hillary, and Matt Cline.
Before heading to Woodruff, Elder made one more stop at the collegiate level where he once again coached the wide receivers, this time at Western Carolina University. He spent three seasons in Cullowhee before heading back to the upstate to take over the Woodruff program prior to the 2014 season.
"It's not something we were seeking out or searching for, it just kind of fell into our laps," Elder told Goupstate's, Jed Blackwell. "It's one of those things that when you first hear about it, it makes your heart jump a little bit. We prayed about it and talked about it, and in the end, it's just one of those things you can't turn down. It's the opportunity to be a college coordinator without picking up and moving, selling your house, finding a new church, finding new friends. It's just a perfect scenario right here in our backyard."
Elder will take over North Greenville's offensive coordinating position which was recently vacated by Joe Pizzo who will fill the same position at the FCS level. Elder takes over a North Greenville offense, which averaged 410 - yards per game and 30.1 - points. Elder's philosophy is similar to what NGU ran under coach Pizzo, running a high tempo attack that stretches the field vertically and horizontally.
"My wife and I we're extremely excited when Coach Farrington gave us the call and presented the opportunity to be a part of the football program at NGU. We are excited to be coaching collegiately at a place where faith and football are both important!
"We are excited to welcome Trey and his wife Kelsea to the NGU family and community," said head coach Jeff Farrington. "Trey will be a great addition to our staff and team in all areas: character, integrity, teacher, and recruiter. He will fit right in with our university mission and look forward to seeing him with our QB's and players on a daily basis as we move forward. "