Steve Ellis Defensive Backs Coach - University of South Florida

Steve Ellis is a Mississippi native and 15 year coaching veteran. Coach joined the University of South Florida after completing his 10th season at Middle Tennessee State University under Head Coach Rick Stockstill. Steve has 7 years of experience as a Defensive Coordinator and has coached all of the positions at the second and third levels. Known as one of the top talent developers in College Football, Coach has sent numerous players to the NFL from MTSU and Nicholls State.

Coaching Experience

DB's Coach - University of South Florida | Tampa, FL | 2019 - Present

CB's Coach/Rec. Coord. - Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro, TN | 2015 - 2019

CB's Coach/Co-Def Coord. - MTSU | Murfreesboro, TN | 2012 - 2014

CB's Coach/Def Coord. - MTSU | Murfreesboro, TN | 2011

NFL Coaches Fellowship Program - Buffalo Bills| 2010

CB's Coach - MTSU | Murfreesboro, TN | 2009 - 2010

NFL Coaches Fellowship Program - Pittsburgh Steelers| 2008

Defensive Coordinator - Nicholls State | Thibodaux, LA | 2006 - 2008

LB's Coach - Nicholls State | Thibodaux, LA | 2004 - 2005

Safeties Coach - Nicholls State | Thibodaux, LA | 2003

Playing Experience

Nicholls State | Thibodaux, LA | 1998 - 2002

  • All-Conference selection in all three years.
  • Voted Team Captain in 2001.
  • Finished his career with 5 interceptions and over 200 tackles.
Steve Ellis with his nephews Marcus and Jacques

Recruiting Territories

“Coach Ellis was a great mentor for me, He was one of the coaches that knows how to push you to become great and he really enjoys what he does for young men, helping them get to the level they want to get to. One of the most important lessons he taught me was that nobody is going to give you anything, You have to work hard for anything you want in life, and relationships go a long way.”
-Kevin Byard (Highest paid safety in nfl history)

Career Highlights

  • In his first year at USF he helped the Bulls to finish #5 in TFL and Red Zone Defense, #10 in Turnovers gained, #13 in Passing Yards Allowed, and #24 in Interceptions.
  • 2018 Conference USA East Champions.
  • Coached all-conference players Marcus Udell, Alex Suber, Rod Issac, Jeremy Cutrer and Darryl Randolph.
  • In 2017, Charvarius Ward and Mike Minter Jr. ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in C-USA in passes defended. Both went on to play in postseason all-star games.
  • Staffed a defensive unit in 2013 that ranked among the nation’s best for total defense, while ranking fifth in turnovers gained and 17th in red zone defense.
  • 2012 defensive unit improved 48 spots in the national rankings in scoring defense, 29 spots in rushing defense and 10 in total defense.
  • In 2009, Marcus Udell led the league in interceptions while Alex Suber accounted for 12 pass breakups.
  • Led a defense that ranked first in the Southland Conference in total defense, pass defense and interceptions in 2007.
  • Finished the 2006 season ranked No. 19 in the country in total defense.
  • 2005 Southland Conference Champions
  • In six seasons at Nicholls, Ellis’ players won seven first team all-conference honors, four National Player of the Week awards, three All-American honors, and two conference Newcomer of the Year awards and a defensive player of the year accolade.

Bowl Experience

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl | 2018

Camellia Bowl | 2017

Hawaii Bowl | 2016

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl | 2015

Armed Forces Bowl | 2013

GoDaddy.com Bowl | 2011

New Orleans Bowl | 2009

Coach [Steve] Ellis, my defensive backs coach, has helped me out a lot. I spend a lot of time in the film room with Coach Ellis. Together we would decipher the offenses that we would go up against. The more film I watch, the more I know about their tendencies, and I could break on the ball faster. -Charvarius Ward

Player Development

Chris Thompson
  • Three-Time All-SLC
  • Two-Time All American
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 5th Round NFL Draft pick, 2004
Harim Eugene
  • Oakland Raiders, 2006
  • Six year NFL Career
Kareem Moore
  • 2006 SLC Newccomer of The Year
  • 2007 SLC Defensive Player of The Year
  • 2007 First-Team All-SLC
  • 2008 AP All-American
  • Washington Redskins 6th Round NFL Draft pick, 2007
Ladarius Webb
  • AP All-American
  • Finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award
  • Baltimore Ravens 3rd Round NFL Draft pick, 2009
  • Super Bowl Champion (XLVII)
Vince Anderson
  • New York Gaints, 2009
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dominique Daniels
  • Atlanta Falcons, 2010
Marcus Udell
  • First-Team All-Conference USA
  • MTSU school record 8 INT's single season
  • Seattle Seahawks, 2010
Alex Suber
  • First-Team All Sun Belt
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2010
Rod Isaac
  • First-Team All-Conference USA
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, 2011
Bobby Felder
  • Minnesota Vikings, 2012
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Buffalo Bills
JaJuan Harley
  • Buffalo Bills, 2013
Sammy Seamster
  • Baltimore Ravens, 2014
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Buffalo Bills
Kenneth Gilstrap
  • Baltimore Ravens, 2014
Drayton Calhoun
  • San Francisco 49ers, 2014
Kevin Byard
  • FWAA Fr. All-American
  • 2x First-Team All-Conference USA
  • School Record 19 INT's
  • Tennessee Titans 3rd Round NFL Draft pick, 2016
  • NFL Interceptions Leader, 2017
  • First-Team All-Pro, 2017
  • Pro Bowl, 2017
Jeremy Cutrer
  • First-Team All-Conference USA
  • Jim Thorpe Watch List
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017
Charvarius Ward
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Dallas Cowboys, 2018
Mike Minter Jr.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 2018

Off of the field.

Ellis is a Stringer, Mississippi native and has two kids, Deja and Caleb, with his wife Regina.



Agent: Bryan Blair



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