New Smith High School head football coach Brandon Wiggins to serve as honorary coach for the Elon University Spring Football Game

Harrison, Wiggins to Serve as Honorary Coaches at Elon Football Spring Game

ELON, N.C. – For the second straight year, the Elon University football team will reach to its past for two honorary coaches for its annual Spring Game which will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 inside of Rhodes Stadium. This year’s honorary coaches will be former offensive lineman David Harrison ’10 and former linebacker Brandon Wiggins ’11.

With the play and leadership of Harrison and Wiggins, the Phoenix football team peaked at number three in the national polls in the 2008 season and made the program’s first NCAA Division I playoff appearance in 2009.

Said Elon head coach Rich Skrosky, “I am extremely excited to have David and Brandon come back and be a part of the program as honorary coaches this year. Like so many players I have been fortunate to coach over 30 years, they both have played a great part in me being in the position I am today. To see them in the role they are now as high school coaches, I am so proud of them. Having them come back and interact with our current team means a lot. Connecting our players to the past has been important to me since I came back. David and Brandon were a big part of the success we had not long ago and I believe they serve as great examples for our current team and the goals we have for our football program.”

Harrison was a four-year starter who claimed second-team All-American accolades from The Sports Network in 2009. The two-year team captain collected first-team All-Southern Conference honors in both 2008 and 2009. He started 45 games over the course of his Elon career and was presented the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 2008. Harrison has kept football in his life since graduating from Elon. He signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League and is currently a teacher and football coach at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.

Wiggins was also a four-year starter and served as a team captain in 2010. A second-team All-Southern Conference performer as a senior, Wiggins collected one league freshman of the week and one league defensive player of the week honor during the course of his career. Wiggins concluded his career as the fourth-leading tackler in Elon history and his 350 career stops still rate fifth on the program’s all-time chart. That number is the third-most by a Phoenix player at the FCS level. Wiggins has also moved in to the high school coaching ranks and was recently named the head coach at Smith High School in Greensboro.