Prior to this year Gordon had been the head coach at Auburn High School for the last 16 years. During that time, Gordy has led the Trojans to numerous winning seasons and playoff appearances, highlighted by two trips to the semi-finals. Often referred to as "Dad" by his players, Elliott has done a phenomenal job building relationships and supports not only his players, but his students as well. Elliott is a member of the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame. While he "retired" last year from head coaching, Elliott plans on continuing his coaching career as an assistant, this year serving as defensive coordinator for his son-in-law, current Auburn Head Coach Aaron Chantler.