Carlye Ellis Joins Navy as Assistant Coach to Women’s Team

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Carlye Ellis Joins Navy as Assistant Coach to Women’s Team

Carlye Ellis has been hired by the United States Naval Academy as an assistant coach to the women’s swimming team, the school announced Thursday.

Ellis joins the staff of head coach John Morrison after two seasons at Duke. She was the recruiting coordinator for the Blue Devils’ women’s team and both the men’s and women’s teams’ director of operations. She also coached the middle distance and distance groups, helping the Duke program navigate the illness and in-season death of coach Dan Colella.

“Becoming part of a nationally recognized program such as the one at Navy is something I have been working toward since I started coaching at the collegiate level,” Ellis said in a university statement. “I am very excited to be working with such an elite group of student-athletes and future leaders for our country. The Naval Academy is a wonderfully special and unique educational institution. I’m thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to coach here alongside head coach John Morrison and represent Navy. GO NAVY!!”

Duke’s women’s team finished 21st at NCAAs in 2023 and 24th the year before.

Ellis is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She won a pair of Big 12 relay titles with the University of Texas and was twice an Honorable Mention All-American at NCAAs in 2009. She graduated from Austin in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications and added master’s degrees in sport administration from Valparaiso in 2015 and organizational communications from Ohio in 2021.

“I have known Carlye as both a decorated swimmer and a rising star in the coaching profession,” Morrison said. “She is passionate about swimming and mentoring personal growth through the sport. Every program Carlye has touched has realized success. She has competed, recruited and coached at the highest levels. I am thrilled to add Carlye to our staff. She is one of the best coaches in the country and will be a leader in the continued success of our program in and out of the pool.”

Ellis began coaching as a grad assistant at Valpo in 2013, the lone assistant for both the men’s and women’s team. She joined Cornell as a women’s assistant in 2015 for three years before three seasons at the University of Ohio, as the Bobcats assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and director of operations.

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