Assistant Chancellor, Director of Athletics Darryl Sims named Jon Ellmann as the interim head coach for women’s volleyball at UW-Oshkosh on Aug. 16.
Ellmann enters his second season as a member of the UW-Oshkosh coaching staff after serving as the Titans’ top assistant during the 2016-17 season.
Last season, Ellmann assisted in all phases of the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball program, with emphases in game analysis, scouting, recruiting, and youth camps. The Titans compiled a 28-8 record, earned a share of their second straight WIAC championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III postseason for the second time in three seasons.
Ellmann, who played for the UW-Oshkosh men’s club volleyball team, returned to UW-Oshkosh after coaching 17 years at the high school level, including 11 seasons as the head coach at Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh from 2005-15. Ellmann led Lourdes Academy to the state tournament in 2015 and the sectional finals in 2014 and 2013. His teams also won conference titles in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Ellmann began his coaching career with the Gibraltar High School freshman and junior varsity teams from 1999-2003 before becoming an assistant varsity coach at Lourdes Academy in 2004.
Ellmann also has extensive coaching experience at the club level, leading the Wisconsin Volleyball Academy (WVA), the largest volleyball club in Wisconsin, since 2008 as its co-director and head coach. Ellmann and the WVA have helped 102 girls earn an opportunity to play volleyball at the NCAA level, including 38 at Division III, 27 at Division I and 25 at Division II.
Ellmann’s WVA coaching highlights include winning Badger Region open titles at the 17s level in 2014, 18s in 2017, and a runner up finish at the 15s in 2016.
On the national stage at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championships, Ellmann’s teams finished as high as 9th in 2013 in the 14 Club Division, 15th in 2014 in the 17 Open Division, and 13th in 2016 in the 15 Open Division. His Wisconsin Volleyball Academy teams also placed third in the 2015 AAU 16U Open and fifth in the 2016 AAU 17U Open divisions.
Prior to joining the WVA, Ellmann was the director and head coach of the Nightmares Volleyball Club from 2004-08.
Ellmann, who served as president of the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association from 2009-16, is the owner of ABD Athletics LLC, which is dedicated to the skill development of student-athletes and the promotion of the sport of volleyball in Wisconsin.
Ellmann earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Oshkosh in 2012 and 2014, respectively. While playing for the UW-Oshkosh men’s club volleyball team, Ellmann’s squads finished fifth at the national tournament in both 2003 and 2004.
Ellmann, a graduate of Gibraltar High School, lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Jackie, and daughter, Molly.