Jade Ellis found tremendous success as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Northern Arizona University where he will serve as an assistant for the Track and Field program specifically with the jumpers.
During Ellis' first year with NAU his athletes have garnered a total of five gold medals across the Big Sky Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Under the leadership of Ellis, Deante Kemper broke both the indoor and outdoor school records in the high jump. Lauren Laszczak also improved under his guidance as she cleared a lifetime-best 6-0 during the indoor season, second-best in school history. Kemper and Laszczak swept the Big Sky high jump titles during the indoor and outdoor season in addition to competing at the NCAA Track & Field Championship Final during the outdoor and indoor season, respectively.
In the long jump, Alexis clay was a conference gold medalist during the indoor season and took home the bronze during the outdoor season. Clay was also a bronze medalist in the triple jump during the indoor season. Clay improved by over a foot in both the long and triple jump this year.
Ellis joins the NAU staff after coaching the jumpers at The University of Michigan for the past two years. Ellis graduated with a bachelor's degree from Duke University (Duke) in 2009. During his time at Duke he was a member of the track and field team. Ellis was a NCAA qualifying long and triple jumper while at Duke. Ellis was a Junior All-American, placing fourth at the Junior Pan-Ams long jump event in 2005 and won the ACC long jump championship during his senior year in 2009.
Ellis is a native of New Brighton, Minn.
Ellis is currently working towards his master's degree in educational leadership.