Shawn Ellis
Shawn Ellis
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 970.351.1191
Previous College: Kansas Wesleyan, 1998

Shawn Ellis will begin his seventh season with Northern Colorado basketball in 2012 and will serve as head coach B.J. Hill's right-hand man as the longest-tenured assistant coach on the Bears' coaching staff.

Ellis came to Greeley and Northern Colorado in 2006 after helping build a powerhouse Cloud County Community College program in Concordia, Kan. and following a standout playing career at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kan.

"Coach Ellis has known me longer than my wife has," Hill said. "He's an energetic guy who relates well to players, and I'm grateful he decided to continue on with what we're trying to build here at Northern Colorado. His recruiting ties are top notch. He's a tremendous assest for me and this basketball program."

Ellis served on the staff of head coach Kevin Muff at Cloud County, and in his six years there, the Thunderbirds compiled a record of 109-79, including a mark of 24-9 in 2005-06. Cloud County shared the Western Division title in 2006 in the Jayhawk Conference and lost in the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament.

Prior to working at Cloud County, Ellis spent two years as an assistant coach at NAIA-school Kansas Wesleyan, his alma mater. During his time in central Kansas he helped Wesleyan win its first conference championship in 16 years, and the program also claimed its first-ever NSCAA National Championship in 2000.

As a player, Ellis was a four-year starter for the Coyotes, earning NSCAA All-American honors and three All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selections. He was named to the NSCAA All-Tournament team in 1997 and holds Kansas Wesleyan's school record for most games played.

Ellis, a native of Mooresville, Ind., earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kansas Wesleyan in 1998, and is married to the former Nikki Johnson. They live in Greeley.