Jon Ellmann entered his fourth season at the helm of the UW-Oshkosh women’s volleyball program in 2020.
Ellmann, who was named UW-Oshkosh’s head women’s volleyball coach in January 2018 after serving as the program’s interim head coach during the 2017 season, has compiled a 58-40 record during his three seasons with the Titans, including a 9-12 mark in conference play. He has coached two players to a total of three all-conference first team honors.
Last season Ellmann led UW-Oshkosh to a 21-10 record, including a 4-3 mark in conference play as the Titans finished fourth in the WIAC standings. The Titans, who won 10 of 11 matches from Sept. 6-25, paced the conference at 2.10 blocks per set and made their WIAC record-tying 32nd consecutive trip to the league postseason tournament.
Ellmann’s 2018 Titans went 17-15 overall and 2-5 in conference matches as UW-Oshkosh completed its 20th consecutive season with a .500 or better winning percentage. UW-Oshkosh advanced to the semifinals of the WIAC Championship after becoming the first sixth-seeded team since 1997 to win a first-round match during the league postseason.
Ellmann guided UW-Oshkosh to a 20-15 record in 2017, including a 3-4 mark in the WIAC. The Titans, who reached the semifinal round of the conference tournament and won seven of their last eight matches, led the WIAC with 2.13 blocks per set.
Before coaching the Titans in an interim capacity, Ellmann was the volleyball program’s top assistant coach during the 2016 season, when UW-Oshkosh compiled a 28-8 record, earned a share of its second straight WIAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III postseason. He assisted in all phases of the program, with emphases in game analysis, scouting, recruiting, and youth camps.
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, from 2008-18 as its co-director and head coach. Ellmann and the WVA helped 107 girls earn an opportunity to play volleyball at the NCAA level, including 38 at Division III, 31 at Division I and 26 at Division II. 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 2011-16, 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. The Gibraltar High School graduate lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Jackie; daughter, Molly; and son, Cooper.