Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/16/20 – From Press Release
Bryn Mawr College Director of Athletics Kathy Tierney has announced the promotion of Michi Ellers (Strath Haven) to be the next head coach of the Bryn Mawr lacrosse program.
Ellers steps up to the helm as the Owls newest head coach after spending the past four years as an assistant coach for the Owls under Kelly Corbett, who has stepped away to spend more time with her family.
“I am thrilled to welcome Michi Ellers as our new head lacrosse coach and physical education instructor,” Tierney stated. “Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from her playing experiences as a national level player and her extensive lacrosse coaching experiences at the grassroots, collegiate, and international levels.”
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity to lead the Bryn Mawr lacrosse program,” Ellers stated. “I have had the privilege to work with the team for the past few years and could not be more proud of the direction we are headed. I would like to thank Kelly for all her hard work in getting the program to where it is today.”
Alongside of spending the past four seasons as an assistant for the Owls, Ellers has been the president of One Haven Public Charity since 2017. In this role, she was a Board of Directors member and was involved in the strategic decision making for the ONE HAVEN Scholarship. Ellers was responsible for numerous aspects of the charity, including fundraising, social media marketing, advertising, and budgeting. Prior to her role with One Haven, Ellers was the co-founder and owner of Game Lacrosse, PA, a developmental lacrosse training program for middle schoolers. Before that, Ellers coached at Georgetown as an assistant coach for seven years from 2006-2012.
Ellers graduated from Georgetown in 2004 with a degree in psychology. She was a four-year starter and a key factor in the Hoyas earning four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including appearances in the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Championship game.
Ellers also helped Georgetown continue its undefeated streak in BIG EAST Conference play en route to four-straight league titles. A tri-captain of the 2003 & 2004 squads, Ellers was a two-time First Team All-American and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year (2003, 2004). She earned a spot on the 24-member 2004-05 U.S. Development Team and was one of five finalists for the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the top collegiate player in the nation.
A 2004 All-Region First Team and NCAA All-Tournament Team member, Ellers led the country in caused turnovers for the second year in a row in 2004 with a 3.66 per game average and is Georgetown’s all-time leader in the category with a total of 204. She ranks fourth in career ground balls on the Hilltop with 216. The midfielder earned a record five BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors during the 2004 season and was a unanimous selection for the All-BIG EAST First Team. She holds the top three spots in the GU record books for most caused turnovers in a single season (2001, 2003 and 2004).
Ellers continued her playing career on the U.S. women’s lacrosse Elite team roster where she was on the squad for four seasons. In June of 2008, she traveled with the team to the Prague Cup where the U.S. team allowed just one goal and won the final match over England, 13-1. Additionally, during the summer of 2009, she returned to Prague for the FIL World Cup where the United States went undefeated and brought home the gold medal.
“Michi has articulated an exciting vision for Bryn Mawr lacrosse that builds on the program’s recent success and places the academic and athletic achievement of the Bryn Mawr lacrosse student-athlete at the center of her work,” Tierney said.
Ellers becomes the 12th head coach in recorded Bryn Mawr lacrosse program history.
“I recognize this is a unique time to begin this journey,” Ellers closed. “But I am very eager to help cultivate a thriving atmosphere for our student-athletes to achieve their ultimate goals. Go Owls!!”