Sinclair will be one of 15 coaches to receive the honor this year.
Ed Ellis has 29 years of experience in the field and 24 years as a head strength and conditioning coach with stops at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Illinois State, Ole Miss and Arkansas in addition to UCF. He has been a Master Strength Coach (MSCC) since 2003. Ellis has worked with teams that appeared in 13 bowl games.
Ellis is in his 13th season as Director of Strength and Conditioning at UCF, working directly with the football program while overseeing the strength, speed and conditioning efforts for UCF's 16 sport athletics program. He serves on the Board of Directors for the CSCCA.
Ellis spent time in the same capacity at Georgia Tech from 2001-04. While head strength and conditioning coach at Wake Forest from 1994-2001, Ellis was named the 2000 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year for the Atlantic Coast Conference by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Prior to his stretch at Wake Forest, Ellis spent four years, from 1991-94, at the head strength and conditioning coordinator at Illinois State and two years (1989-91) as an assistant strength coach at Ole Miss. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas from 1987-89.
Ellis earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Alabama in 1987 and received a master's degree in education from Arkansas in 1989.
In May of 2003, Ellis was awarded the highest honor in his field of expertise when he was certified as a master strength and conditioning coach (MSCC) at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association's third national conference. The title of master strength and conditioning coach represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise as well as longevity in the field. He is also CPR/AED certified.