Prior to joining the Santa Monica College staff , Mr. Ellis was the Athletic Director/Title Coordinator at Barstow College. Mr. Ellis also served as Interim Athletic Director/Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at El Camino College. Mr. Ellis was responsible for the coordination and implementation of athletics for twenty-one intercollegiate programs and approximately 450 student-athletes at El Camino College. Mr. Ellis was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Claremont McKenna College during the 2010- 2011 season. Mr. Ellis also served as an assistant basketball coach at Saddleback College, Long Beach City, and Ventura College.
Mr. Ellis began his coaching experience while in the Air Force, coaching both a men’s and women’s team from 1981-82. Mr. Ellis earned a Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine, CA; 2013 and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA; 199. Mr. Ellis is currently pursuing a Ed.D. in Education and Leadership Management from Capella University.
Message from the Athletic Director:
On behalf of our staff and administration, welcome to Santa Monica College (SMC)! You have chosen an exceptional institution to consider in continuing your educational and athletic career.
We are pleased you are considering SMC to further your academic and athletic pursuits at one of the most recognized and renowned two-year colleges in the nation. Our primary goal is to provide a substantive experience for you, the student-athlete. You will be encouraged in your personal and intellectual development and exploration, while challenged and supported in achieving your educational goals. In return, your charge is to maximize your learning experiences while you endeavor to be the best student-athlete and teammate that you can. As a representative of Corsair Athletics, you will operate with sportsmanship, integrity, and respect for yourself and others.
A Santa Monica College degree will allow you a multitude of options, and combined with your student-athlete experiences, can lead to enhanced opportunities in and out of the sports field. This path you have chosen may not be the easiest, but the benefits can be tremendous, if you prepare to receive them.
We hope that your experience while on our campus or visiting the website can prove to be both enjoyable and rewarding. Here at SMC we are committed to achieving success in the classroom and on the fields of play.
The Athletics Department is excited that you have chosen to join this community. We look forward to your growth as a student and an athlete. Proud to be SMC!
Director of Athletics