Paul Ellis will be in his second season as assistant men's and women's swimming coach and aquatics coordinator at W&L in 2019-20.
His first season at W&L was a successful one, as both the men's and women's teams claimed ODAC championships for the fifth and 12th straight seasons, respectively, and both placed in the Top 30 at the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Patrick Sullivan and junior Emily Hageboeck were named the ODAC Swimmers of the Meet, while Hageboeck and sophomore Danny Lynch earned ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades and first-year Caroline Baber was named the ODAC Women's Rookie of the Year.
Ellis arrived at W&L after serving as a teacher at Troy Athens High School in Troy, Michigan since January of 2015. For much of the same time, he was an assistant coach with Motor City Aquatics in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In this role, he was responsible for developing the dryland program and coaching 120 swimmers ages 8-18.
Ellis' swim-related experience also includes serving as an assistant swimming coach at Bloomfield Hills High School from 2013-16 and assisting with the Auburn University Swim Camps (2012-15, 18). Additionally, he was an assistant swimming coach with the Oakland Live Y'ers in Rochester, Michigan from 2012-14 and he was an assistant swimming coach and pool manager at Notre Dame College in Ohio from 2010-12.
A 2010 graduate of Kalamazoo College with a bachelor of arts in biology, Ellis was a 21-time All-American swimmer for the Hornets, earning the 2010 Division III National Championship in the 100 backstroke. He earned All-MIAA honors all four years and was named the MIAA Swimmer of the Year as a junior and senior.
Ellis earned a master of arts in teaching from Oakland University in 2015.