9. Rich Ellerson, OL/LB, 1972

While Ellerson is probably best known for coaching and creating the UA’s “Desert Swarm” defense, he got his start as an All-City football player at Salpointe. Ellerson, now in his fifth year as Army’s coach, played at Hawaii under eventual UA coach Dick Tomey and then became a graduate assistant there to start out his coaching career. He was a defensive assistant at several different colleges before he reunited with Tomey at the UA in 1992. After three seasons, he left the Wildcats to take his first head-coaching job at Division I-AA Southern Utah but returned to the UA a year later. Ellerson, who was inducted into Salpointe’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, the left the UA for good in 2000 and spent seven seasons as Cal Poly’s coach before he took over Army in 2008. With Ellerson, the Black Knights led the nation in rushing last year and beat Air Force for the first time since 2005. In 2010, the Black Knights also went 7-6 and went to a bowl game for the first time in 16 years. Photo: Army head coach Rich Ellerson removes his headset during the first half of a NCAA college football game with the Temple Owls Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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