Roz Ellis is the current Assistant Coach at her beloved alma mater, the University of Iowa. Ellis coached with Mayhem while she served as the Associate Head Coach at Temple University from 2016-2018 drawing on years of experience coaching collegiate field hockey. Prior to working with the Owls, Roz coached at the University of Louisville, the University of Massachusetts, Wake Forest University, and Appalachian State University. Roz was a standout at Division-1 Program, the University of Iowa, prior to the birth of her prolific coaching career.
While at Louisville, Ellis’s duties as assistant coach included serving as the director of recruiting, assisting with practice and game day preparation, and assisting in developing relationships within the field hockey community. The Cardinals earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and finished the season with a record of 15-6 in their first year as a member of the ACC.
Prior to her stint at Louisville, Ellis spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, coaching against Temple back when the Owls were a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. During her time at UMass, she helped guide the Minutewomen to two A-10 titles and NCAA tournament appearances. In 2013, UMass advanced to the NCAA round of eight for the first time since 2000.
Ellis served as a volunteer assistant coach at Wake Forest in 2010 and helped lead the Demon Deacons to an NCAA tournament appearance. She began her coaching career at Appalachian State, where she was an assistant coach in 2009. Following the 2009 season, Ellis took her playing and coaching skills to Dublin, Ireland, where she competed for the Old Alexandra Field Hockey Club.
From 2006-2011, Ellis participated in the U.S. Field Hockey Women’s National Championship Tournament and helped capture the title with her HPC regional team (New Jersey) in 2011. She holds a USA Level II coaching certificate and was named 2012 New England Futures Regional Head Coach.
Ellis is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned NFHCA All-America Second Team and All-West Region First Team honors. As a senior, she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after she helped lead the 2008 Hawkeyes to an NCAA semifinal appearance. The two-time All-Big Ten First Team and three-time Big Ten Championship Team member was also successful in the classroom as a two-time All-Big Ten Academic Team selection.
The Lewisburg, Pa., native earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Iowa in 2009.