Jeremy Ellis is in his fifth year at the helm of the Franciscan men’s tennis program in the beginning of the 2015-16 season. Ellis took over the women’s program as well at the start of the 2015-16 season.
Ellis has guided the Barons to a 54-35 record during his tenure that has included a trip to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament every year and five straight undefeated conference seasons.
Under his tutelage, the Barons have won four straight AMCC championships and have made four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. In his five-year tenure, Ellis has guided the Barons to four AMCC titles and four trips to the NCAAs.
Ellis, the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Coach of the Year, has 58 all-conference players, four Players of the Year, and one New Comer of the Year in the AMCC. Zachary Quiza (‘15), Paul Jarzynka (’14 & ’13), and Leonel Lacayo (’12) were named Players of the Year while Quiza garnered Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.
In 2015-16, the Barons won their fourth-straight AMCC title after a 6-0 AMCC regular season and a pair of sweeps of Pitt.-Greensburg and Penn St. Behrend in the conference tournament. FUS placed 10 players on the AMCC All-Conference first team while two more on the second team as well. The Barons finished the year 12-10 on the year after making it the second round the NCAA Tournament.
FUS finished 9-6 in the 2014-15 and completed another undefeated season at 6-0. The Barons went 8-1 in their last nine matches of the season, including a pair of wins in the AMCC tournament. The season came to a close in the first round of the NCAA tournament against John Carroll.
In 2013-14, the Barons went 10-10 and 6-0 in the AMCC and defeated Pitt.-Greensburg for the conference title. FUS ended its season at the NCAA tournament against N.C. Wesleyan.
In the spring of 2013, FUS capped another undefeated conference slate with the AMCC title and finished the year 12-6. The Barons defeated Elizabethtown 5-1 in the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament victory. The match against the Blue Jays was the first time ever a team competed in an NCAA Tournament game and was the first Tournament victory for Franciscan University. Their season came to an end against Kenyon in the second round.
In Ellis’ first year at the helm of the Baron tennis program in 2012, FUS finished 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the AMCC. FUS finished as runner’s up in the conference tournament after a successful regular season. The Barons did not lose a match in the month of March in the spring of 2012.
Ellis has played tennis for more than 20 years. A native of Okeechobee, Florida, Ellis first honed his skills as the No. 1 seed in both singles and doubles at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
After his collegiate career, he became a finalist in the Blueberry Festival Open tournament in 2009 and 2010, won the Montgomery Clay Court Open tournament in 2010 in men’s open singles and doubles and was the finalist in mixed open doubles.
Ellis’s GMVTA 5.0 league team was the league champions in 2010 and his USTA 9.0 mixed doubles team was league and district champions that same year. He is currently ranked as a 5.0 in the USTA adult rankings.
From 2008-2010, Ellis was the head teaching professional and tennis director at Dayton Center Courts in Dayton, Ohio. While he was there, he coordinated tennis programs for both adults and juniors, coaching eight top-seeded high school students who went on to qualify for the 2009 Ohio state championships.
Ellis also coached nationally ranked junior players, four- and five-star USTA players and NCAA Division I tennis players.
He currently serves as the teaching pastor of Grace Point Christian Ministries in Wintersville, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and four children.