Ellis was a player for head coach Marla Townsend from 2001-04 and also had a long tenure in the high school ranks as head softball coach at Moody High School. A graduate of Satsuma High School in Mobile County, Ellis found a home behind the plate for the Blazers starting as catcher in her time at UAB.
Among her numerous all-tournament team selections, Ellis earned a multitude of accolades throughout her playing days, both on the field and in the classroom. In her first season with the Blazers she earned a spot on the All-Conference USA Freshman team. In 2002 and 2003 she made her way onto the Dean's List while making the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in 2003 and 2004. She also earned Most Valuable Scholar All-American in 2003, and completed her playing career with a spot on the National Strength and Conditioning All-American team in 2004.
Ellis served as a student assistant in 2005 and earned her bachelor's degree in physical education. She then followed up her bachelor's with a master's in physical education in 2009 at UAB.
She was a recipient of The Birmingham News Coach of the Year award in 2011 as she led the Blue Devils to five-straight area titles from 2009-13. Ellis also guided Moody to a runner-up finish in the state championship in 2011, a third-place finish in 2009 and fifth-place finish in 2010.
Ellis was part of the 2014 staff that helped guide the Blazers to their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.