Michael Paul McElrath
Michael Paul McElrath

Class of 1993

Mike McElrath, a Lieutenant Colonel who is now serving as an Associate Athletic Director at West Point, was a four-year starter at free safety for the football team. A member of the Class of 1993, he remains Army's career leader in tackles with 436 and stands tied for second with 10 career interceptions. He graduated as the career leader in pass deflections with 19, a number that now lists fourth. McElrath posted 157 tackles during his senior season, a total that stands third all-time, and won the prestigious Army Athletic Association Award in 1993. He was a team captain as a senior, a three-time first team All-East selection and a third-team All-America choice by Football News as a senior.

A standout in the classroom as well, McElrath was a Dean's List student in each of his eight semesters, a first team Academic All-America choice as a senior and a second team selection as a junior. He was one of 15 players nationally to receive the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior and was chosen to speak on behalf of that group at the awards dinner. McElrath received the NCAA Football Scholarship and NACDA/Disney Postgraduate Scholarship and was recognized as an Hitachi/College Football Association Scholar-Athlete.