MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — After three years of involvement with the Berry College men's basketball program, Daniel Ellis has been named the program's new assistant coach, head coach Jeff Rogers announced on Wednesday.
Ellis replaces Thomas Johnson, who served as the assistant coach to the men's team for four years before accepting the head coaching position of the women's team in March.
During his three seasons at Berry, Ellis assisted in all aspects of coaching including the development of guard play, shooting, day-to-day operations, and the program's transition to NCAA Division III.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, Ellis started his college coaching career during the 2010-11 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 his time at Thomas More, the team had back-to-back 20 win season capped off by a 23-5 record in 2012-13, setting the school record for most wins in a season. He also helped the Saints to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament 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 working alongside two-time PAC Coach-of-the-Year and current Berry College head coach, Jeff Rogers.
"Daniel is a tremendous addition to our staff," Rogers said. "He understands our system inside and out and is just an overall great teacher of the game. I think he will bring new energy to the program and was one of the best shooters I ever had the chance to coach."
A starting guard during his playing years at Thomas More, Ellis led the PAC in three point percentage and served as 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 his bachelor's degree in 2009 and plans to pursue his master's in education at Berry.