Elliot, National Federation of State High School Associations director of sports, sanctioning and educational services, originally from Chicago, is a former Harrisburg, PA resident. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, being the staff liaison to the NFHS Citizenship and Equity Committee. In addition, he is the NFHS Baseball and Field Hockey Rules Editor; he also supervises the NFHS Resource Center, which includes the National High School Activities Month effort, numerous national surveys and NFHS Sanctioning Program. Currently, he is the director of the NFHS Student Leadership Conference and speaks nationally to students exclusively about hazing prevention and sportsmanship. Elliot is currently finishing his term as a board member of the Hazing Prevention Organization (www.HazingPrevention.org) and is a contributor to the new online NFHS ‘ Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment Course (www.nfhslearn.com). Elliot has also been an instructor for the Indiana Department of Education School Safety Academy and the Kentucky Center of School Safety, a division of the Kentucky School Boards Association. He has also served on the USA Baseball executive committee representing the NFHS and is a long-standing committee member of USA Baseball Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
A former member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) executive staff as Assistant Executive Director, his duties included management and organization of specific PIAA championships. He created and implemented the state’s first sportsmanship program, “Sportsmanship – The Only Missing Piece is you!” As a member of the PIAA executive staff, Hopkins, represented Pennsylvania as the Chairman of the NFHS Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee, Co-Chair of the NFHS Citizenship Committee and a member of the NFHS Sanctioning Committee. Prior to his employment with the PIAA, Hopkins had established a career as a corporate sales representative for several Fortune 500 companies, Broyhill Furniture Industries, Xerox Corporation, Bell Atlantic Systems, Inc. (formerly Bell of Pennsylvania) and the Standard Register Company.
As a graduate of Wake Forest University, Hopkins was captain and a four-year starter for the Demon Deacons’ football team. He was a recipient of the 1975 Brian Piccolo Scholarship for four years, he was also awarded the 1978 Brian Piccolo Player Award, given to the player who best epitomized the spirit and work ethic of the late Brian Piccolo and he also received the Bill George Award for the most outstanding senior lineman upon graduation in the spring of 1979. Elliot recently completed his master’s degree in leadership development from St. Mary-of-the Woods College in St. Mary-of-the Woods, IN.
Hopkins is a retired PIAA basketball official. He has coached both boys and girls in elementary/junior high school basketball programs in the Harrisburg, PA area. He is a former athletic administrator of a private elementary school, the Cathedral School, Harrisburg, PA. He is a father of two adult children, and active community and church member and enjoys the hobbies of weightlifting, motorcycling, reading and is a national motorcycle safety instructor.