EAST WHITELAND - The head football coaching job at Great Valley High School that has been vacant since Mike Choi elected to take the head coaching position at Pequea Valley last month was filled Monday night. Dan Ellis, who left the head job at West Chester East in January, will be the new boss of the Patriots' program.
Ellis compiled a 6-5 record last year with the Vikings and was 12-21 in his three years at West Chester East. Ellis, who was a former star quarterback at both Downingtown High School and the University of Virginia, took over Vikings program that had won only four games in the previous four seasons combined. West Chester East averaged 27.5 points per game last season and the Vikings' offense totaled 398 yards per game. Ellis hopes to bring that high powered attack to Great Valley."First of all we are going to conduct ourselves as gentleman on and off the field at Great Valley,' Ellis said. "The Great Valley job is a great job and I will meet the kids on Tuesday after school. We will make our offense to work with the personnel we have and we have some real good kids. We will do some no-huddle and it may look different than some things we did at West Chester East. We are going to get the ball into the hands of Ryan Bucholz, Nasir Adderely and River Johnson a lot. We have a lot of very good players coming back from a team that went 8-3 last season, and I am very excited to get going.'
Great Valley athletic director Russ Wren was also very excited to see Ellis come to Great Valley, and he talked about his new head football coach."Everyone knows that Dan is a top notch ' X' and ' O' guy,' Wren said. "However he really impressed our interview panel with his plan for character building, discipline and creating pride in our program. Mike Choi has done a very nice job moving our program forward over the past three years. We believe Dan can continue moving the program forward and achieve even greater success. Our expectations are high.'