Elston leaving position with IU men’s basketball

Derek Elston, who has served as Indiana men’s basketball’s director of player development, is leaving the program.

Elston has accepted a position with United Fidelity Bank in Carmel as a Community Development Officer.  He had been in his capacity with IU basketball since October 2015.

“I couldn’t thank Coach Crean enough for bringing me back and Coach Miller for allowing me to continue to be part of the program and helping me grow as a professional,” Elston said in a statement. “At this time in my life, I think this an opportunity that I believe is beneficial for my family and I can’t pass up.  I’ve loved working with our players and staff and I’m excited for what this group can accomplish this season and in the future.”

A native of Tipton, Elston played for the Hoosiers from 2009-13, winning the Big Ten championship in 2013. The 2012 Hoosiers went to the Sweet 16.

As a senior, Elston was named Academic All-Big Ten and received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. 

“Derek has been a loyal and invaluable member of our staff and we are excited for him and his new career path,” Miller said in a statement.  “He’s had a great impact on what we are trying to do and we want nothing but the best for he and Caroline and their family in the future.”

Elston’s duties which will be picked up by current staff for the remainder of the season.