If Abraham Elimimian joins the UH coaching staff — and signs point that way — then it will be the latest in an odds-defying life for the former Warrior cornerback.
Born in Nigeria and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Elimimian lived by the family code that emphasized faith, education and hard work.
UH’s 2000 recruiting class was widely praised for the number of top local players, including quarterback Timmy Chang. (Chad Owens joined as a walk-on that year.) As the story goes, a cornerback went elsewhere, opening a scholarship. Associate head coach George Lumpkin offered the scholarship to Elimimian.
While his close friend, Kelvin Millhouse, and others received more pub, Elimimian used his self-styled underdog status as motivation. He started 49 of a possible 50 games during his UH career, and was named an All-WAC cornerback after leading the league and finishing 16th nationally in interceptions as a senior in 2004.
After exhausting his pursuit of a pro career — he signed free-agent contracts with the Bears and Chargers — he focused on a coaching career. That meant returning to his alma mater, Crenshaw High, where he coached the defense. From there, he was a GA at SMU and Washington State before joining Simon Fraser, an NCAA Division II school in British Columbia, as defensive coordinator.
Elimimian is smart, loyal, honest, competitive and, most significant, a UH graduate.