James Ellis: LCN’s new athletic director

Ellis by Engelman

Brittiny Shepherd ’13

Business Manger


Since sports have started at L’Anse Creuse High School- North this year, staff and students are impressed with the performance of the teams thus far. This            is happening because of James Ellis, new athletic Coordinator at LCN.

Over the past summer and the beginning of this school year, LCN has been undergoing many changes, including hiring the athletic coordinator position.

According to Ellis, being the new athletic coordinator, he is now responsible for the operation and organization of LCN’s athletic programs. Ellis organizes scheduling of all games, practices, referees, and events. He also hires and supervises coaches and works with the community to promote student athletes.

He did not know the last director but Ellis said, “I am just trying to do things the best way I think is possible, and hopefully that is the right fit for our school.”

Though many people do not know Ellis, some believe he is leaving a good first impression.

“I do not know his experience, but he seems to be doing good with his job and communicating and that is what he needs to do in his position,”  Varsity girls basketball and boys golf Coach, Bob Johnston said.

JV lacrosse Coach Scott Light agreed.

“I’ve had limited interaction with him, but he seems to be a guy that really cares about how the kids are with athletics and academics first. He seems to have a very good rapport with the students. He really likes to publicize the sports,” Light said.

Not only do coaches and teachers have a good first impression of Ellis, also so do players.

“So far I think he’s doing a great job. He’s really involved with the sports teams. He stops by our practices and asks us how we are doing. He seems like a pretty nice guy,” Varsity football player Jake Sloan ’13 said.

Ellis was a police officer and firefighter for 12 years. He then taught for a short time at Berkley and Detroit Conservatorium high schools, teaching U.S. History and economics. Ellis has been an athletic director at two previous schools for a total of three years. He also used to be an administrator at Stoney Creek High School.

In addition to his role in high schools, Ellis also coached baseball for 16 years at Berkley, Troy and Lahser high schools. Ellis was the girls’ basketball coach at Madison and Berkley high schools for five years.

This year and years coming, as the athletic coordinator, Ellis would like to continue to build the program and to make it better.

“I want the program to compete at a high level, and to have student athletes succeed in class and on the field,” Ellis said.