Carlye Ellis enters her second year as assistant coach of the Ohio swimming & diving program under second-year head coach Mason Norman in 2019-20.
In their first season with Ellis on the coaching staff, the Bobcats posted victories over Marshall, Toledo, Duquesne, Xavier and Youngstown State in 2018-19. Junior Emilia Lahtinen broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke that had stood since 2000 after clocking a 2:13.28 at the Ohio State Invitational. Sophomore swimmer Hannah Schlegel earned MAC Co-Swimmer/Diver of the Week honors on Nov. 21.
Ohio turned in a fifth-place finish at the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships, with Schlegel earning All-MAC First Team honors and freshman Kelsey Morgan, senior Corrin Van Lanen and Lahtinen garnering Second Team recognition. Schlegel finished second in the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:19.04, placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.35 and also took third in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:14.56, breaking the school record in all three events. Morgan broke two other school records for the Bobcats at the MAC Championships, placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims in 1:01.01 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke finals in 2:11.43.
Ellis came to Ohio after three years as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Cornell University and after a successful collegiate career at the University of Texas.
Ellis joined the Cornell women's swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2015-16 season. In just three seasons, Ellis helped Cornell swimmers rewrite the school's record book. Cornell set new school records in more than 10 individual events and in three relay events in her three years. Additionally, Cornell posted 70 times that rank among the top-10 all-time fastest swims along with three relay records and 22 other times that joined the list. During her time on East Hill, Cornell was 6-1 in non-conference dual meets and placed seventh at the conference meet three times, matching the program's highest finish since 2010.
Prior to her time at Cornell University, Ellis spent two years as a graduate assistant swimming coach for both the men's and women's programs at Valparaiso (2013-15), helping the teams break more than two dozen school records. She assisted in all facets of the program, from scheduling and recruiting to practice planning and meet preparation while earning her Master's degree in Sports Administration.
Just prior to joining the staff at Valparaiso, Ellis coached at Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas (2011-13). At Nitro, she was an assistant coach for the national, sectional, and TAGS groups where she worked with nationally ranked swimmers who competed at the Olympic Trials, World Junior Championships and both the Senior and Junior National Championships.
Ellis had a successful collegiate career, swimming for Texas from 2007-11. Ellis was a part of the 200-meter medley relay team and 400-meter medley relay team that broke school records and won two Big 12 Conference Championships. Ellis finished her collegiate career as a four-time varsity letterwinner two-time NCAA Division I All-American and a Big 12 champion.