Dec. 13, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – When Dave Ellis joined the UCF men’s golf program as an assistant coach earlier this month, he was also joining the family business.
Ellis’ grandfather coached numerous sports at the high school level. His father coached both men’s golf and men’s basketball at Northern Michigan and is retiring in a few weeks. His twin brother Dan is an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina.
“Coaching definitely runs in the Ellis family blood,” Dave said.
Ellis began his duties at UCF on Dec. 2. He is a 2013 graduate of Michigan State, where he was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American scholar, a four-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time letter winner at Michigan State. In addition, he was honored with the Spartans' most prestigious accolade -- The President's Award -- which honors the MSU graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
During his collegiate golf career, Ellis was a three-time captain of the Spartans. He played in the Big Ten Championship three times, finishing in the Top 20 in 2012. Playing on the junior circuit, he won the 2007 Michigan Junior Amateur.
Ellis, who was in the corporate world since his graduation from MSU, said he’s very excited about getting back into golf. He said he is especially looking forward to having that opportunity at UCF, where a great foundation is already in place.
“It’s what I’ve known my whole life – golf and coaching, with my Dad having coached since I was born,” Ellis said. “Getting the opportunity to get back with the game of golf is exciting for me. It’s great to see what Bryce has done here the past five years. The result of the fall season shows the hard work Bryce, (former assistant coach) Bill (Rankin) and the student-athletes put in. I’m going to do my best to come in and fill Bill’s shoes and see what we can do in the spring season.”
Wallor said Ellis was exactly the kind of person and coach he was looking for in this role.
“It kind of starts a new time in our program. Any time you have a change in staff, you bring in a fresh perspective,” Wallor said. “We’re really excited about Dave. He brings four years of Division I playing experience. He was a very good student, so he brings that experience as a true student-athlete. That makes him a great role model for our team.”
Wallor also appreciates his new assistant’s exposure to coaching prior to taking his first coaching position.
“His father being a Division II basketball and golf coach and his brother coaching Division I college golf, I’m sure he’s seen his Dad go through many of the things we’re going to go through over the years,” Wallor said. “I think he’s probably prepared well beyond his years for the opportunity.”
The Knights resume their 2013-14 campaign Feb. 14-15 at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.