|Amanda Ellis -
Following a seven year stint as head coach at Moody High School, Amanda Ellis joined the UAB softball coaching staff in 2014 as a volunteer assistant.
After graduating from Satsuma High School in Mobile County, Alabama, Ellis found a home behind the plate for the Blazers starting as catcher from 2001-2004. 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 topped off her UAB career serving as a graduate assistant in 2005 earning her bachelor's degree in physical education. She followed up her undergraduate degree with a Master's in physical education in 2009 at UAB.
In her eight-year hiatus from the Blazers, Ellis has remained deeply involved with softball teaching lessons and serving as the head coach of a state-championship competing program at Moody where she earned The Birmingham News Coach of the Year award in 2011. Under her leadership, the Blue Devils won five consecutive area titles from 2009-2013, the 2010 South Central Regional Championship, while also finishing second in the state in 2011, third in 2009 and fifth in 2010.
Currently, she teaches physical education at Moody Middle School while also residing in Moody.