Abraham Elimimian is in his first season as Washington State's defensive graduate assistant after spending the past two seasons at SMU in the same capacity. As were his duties at SMU, Elimimian works with the Cougars defensive backs.
During his two seasons with the Mustangs, Elimimian helped SMU to a BBVA Compass Bowl victory while a pair of defensive backs Chris Banjo and Richard Crawford each earned earn All-Conference honors twice. During the summer prior to joining WSU, Elimimian worked as an NFL Minority Fellowship intern with the Green Bay Packers.
In 2009, the Los Angeles native served as the defensive coordinator for his alma mater Crenshaw High School, helping guide the Cougars to a 14-1 record, a Los Angeles City Championship and to the Open State California State Championship game. Under his tutelage, six players earned Division I scholarships. These players included De' Anthony Thomas (Oregon), Hayes Pullard (USC), Greg Ducree (Washington), Marcus Andrews (San Diego State), Clint Floyd (Arizona State), and Noel Grigsby (San Jose State).
Prior to coaching, Elimimian played professionally for NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 2006 and 2007. During the 2007 season, he started every game at cornerback and led the team in pass breakups. Elimimian signed with the Chicago Bears in 2006 and the San Diego Chargers in 2005.
Elimimian played college football for June Jones at Hawaii from 2001-2004. During his time there, the team went 36-17 and won two Hawaii Bowls. In 2004, he collected a Hawaii and WAC single-game record three interceptions against UTEP. Elimimian finished his career at Hawaii with 244 tackles (188 solos), 10.5 stops for losses of 37 yards, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He also deflected 42 passes and intercepted twelve others for 58 yards in returns. At the time of his graduation, Elimimian was second all-time in interceptions at Hawaii. He was also a starter in the 2005 Senior Bowl.
Elimimian is working on a Master's degree in liberal arts at SMU. He graduated from Hawaii in 2004 with a degree in political science and a minor in speech. His younger brother, Solomon, also played at Hawaii and was a member of the 2007 team that went 12-1 and played in the Sugar Bowl. He is now the starting linebacker for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.