1984 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Ellie started his swimming career under coach Andy Dimant at the Pawtucket Boys’ Club in A.A.U. competition. He later starred in high school competition for St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket.
However, Ellie will be remembered for his outstanding accomplishments as a swimming teacher and coach for the past 25 years. He returned to his Pawtucket Boys’ Club as coach, where he won numerous championships in Boys’ Club competition, and had a list of outstanding A.A.U. swimming champions whom he developed.
In the early 1960’s, he coached the first swimming team in the history of St. Raphael’s High School in Pawtucket. In 1966 Ellie was appointed swimming instructor and coach at Seekonk High School in Seekonk, Massachusetts, where he became a legend as the best swimming coach of a high school team in the history of the state. Some of his accomplishments at Seekonk High:
Massachusetts State Champion in 1971, 1972, and 1973; New England Interscholastic Champion in 1971 and 1979; Brown University Interscholastic Champions in 197, 1971, 1973, 1978, and 1979. Max Read Champions in 1970, 1971, 1973, and 1979; Southeastern Conference Champions from 1976 to 1982.
Ellis was acclaimed Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1982 by the Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. He was also acclaimed Coach of the Year in 1979 and 1982 by the Boston Globe Newspaper.
Ellie has been Past President of the Greater Boston Swimming Coaches Association; Vice President of the R.I. Swim Coaches and Officials Association; Massachusetts delegate to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches annual meeting; and examiner for the R.I. State Lifeguards Certification Committee.