Jim McElwain enters his first season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, joining the Bulldogs after spending the 2006 season in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders.
While his last employment was with the NFL, McElwain also has extensive experience as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks. Most recently, McElwain served as the assistant head coach, receivers coach, and special teams coach at Michigan State from 2003-05. During his tenure, the Spartans played in the 2003 Alamo Bowl, reaching the postseason behind a receiving corps that set school records for receptions (312), yards (3,510 and touchdowns (21). He also coached 2004 All-America punter Brandon Fields, and the Big Ten Conference scoring leader, Dave Rayner.
Prior to his stint at Michigan State, he spent three seasons at Louisville as the receivers coach and special teams coach, helping the Cardinals to three consecutive bowl appearances in the 2000 Liberty Bowl, the 2001 Liberty Bowl, and the 2002 GMAC Bowl.
From 1995-99 he was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and receivers coach at Montana State, where he coached a record-setting quarterback, Rob Compson, and the school's career receiving leader, Chip Hobbs. His offenses set Bobcat records for pass completions and were among the most productive in school history.
He served at his alma mater, Eastern Washington from 1985-94 in a variety of cpacities, starting as a graduate assistant and working his way up to quarterbacks and receivers coach. He helped the Eagles to two I-AA playoff appearances in 1992 and 1995, and coached several players who set offensive records.
McElwain played quarterback at Eastern Washington from 1980-83, and earned a degree in Education in 1984. He and his wife, Karen, have three children, JoHanna, Elizabeth and Jerrett.