A 1947 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned both his B.A. and M.A., Elmer spent 15 years coaching at his alma mater before coming to Wesleyan in 1963. While an undergraduate at Michigan, Elmer distinguished himself on the track as the Big 10 conference high and low hurdles champion.
The head coach of Wesleyan's men's indoor and outdoor track teams since his arrival at the University 32 years ago, and the women's squad since their inception in 1976, Elmer handed the reins of those sports to Craig Raye during the 1993-4 season.
Consistently active at national track and field championships throughout his career, Elmer served as meet director when Wesleyan hosted the NCAA Division III indoor championships in March 1991 and was an offical at the NCAA Division III outdoor championship meet last May. Elmer is a past-president of both the New England Division III Track & Field Association and the Connecticut Intercollegiate Conference (C.I.C.) and was named N.E. Div. III men's cross-country coach of the year in 1993.