Elisha Olabode is celebrating today, as the former TCU cornerback helped lead the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions to their first DII National Title Sunday afternoon. Joined on the staff by Yogi Gallegos, another former TCU player, the Lions defeated West Florida by a score of 37-27.
Olabode, who starred at corner for Gary Patterson from 2009-2013, saw playing time as a freshman for the Rose Bowl winning squad and started 22 games in total. A full time starter his junior and senior seasons, Olabode totaled 152 tackles, five interceptions, 19 PBUs, and three forced fumbles. He was All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a junior and played two seasons in the IFL prior to joining the Lions’ coaching staff. Olabode serves as the cornerbacks coach and community service director for A&M-Commerce, and is in his first year on staff.
Yogi Gallegos has served the Lions since 2013, rising through the ranks to take over as wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator for the past two seasons. Gallegos began his career at TCU, spending three seasons in Fort Worth and seeing action in seven games. He too was a member of the 2011 Rose Bowl Championship team, but transferred to A&M-Commerce after that year were he threw for 852 yards and six touchdowns in four games before a should injury ended his playing career and started his path into coaching.
The championship is the first DII title for the Lions, who went 14-1 on the year. Congratulations to the team and the two former Frogs on staff!