After 4 years as serving as an assistant at Berry College, Daniel Ellis enters his first year on staff as assistant basketball coach at Wittenberg University.
During those four seasons, Ellis assisted in all aspects of coaching including the development of guard play, shooting and day-to-day operations, in addition to assisting with the program’s transition to NCAA Division III. During his final year at Berry he helped the Vikings to an (SAA) Tournament Championship and the programs first ever appearance in the NCAA National Tournament.
Ellis, a native of Springfield, Ohio, started his college coaching career during the 2010-2011 season as an assistant coach at Thomas More College, his alma mater, he helped the Saints to a 71-39 record over a four-year period. During that time at Thomas More, the team had back-to-back 20 win seasons capped off by a 23-5 record in 2012-2013, setting the school record for most wins in a season. He also helped the Saints to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament championship game each of his last three seasons.
Ellis also helped mentor and develop D’Carlo Hayes at Thomas More, an All-American guard and PAC Player-of-the-Year while having the privilege to work alongside two-time PAC Coach-of-the-Year Jeff Rogers at both Thomas More College and Berry College.
A starting guard during his playing years at Thomas More, Ellis led the PAC in three point percentage and served a team captain during his senior year on a conference championship team that advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2009 and plans to pursue his masters.