WKU Football: Ellis easing into new role as Tops’ Offensive Coordinator

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – While he might have a new title, Bryan Ellis is no stranger to Western Kentucky Football.

The Byron, Ga., native previously spent three years at WKU from 2014-2016, serving as a running backs and wide receivers coach in his first stint on the Hill.

Ellis then went on to coach quarterbacks at the University of Southern California the past two seasons, but he knew he couldn’t turn down a return to the Hilltoppers’ sideline.

“I really enjoy coaching the kids we have have,” said Ellis. “They work hard. They have a chip on their shoulder. They want to be really good, and that’s our job as coaches to get them over the hump.”

This is the first time Ellis has served as an offensive coordinator, but so far the transition to the role change has been rather effortless thanks in large part to the familiarity he has with WKU Head Coach Tyson Helton, who Ellis previously worked with during his first several years in Bowling Green.

“We haven’t spent very many years away from each other these last 12 years,” Ellis said. “It’s been great having our families back together. We have a great working relationship. There’s nobody in this world I trust more than him – both off the field and on. We’ve had a good time so far.”

One of the biggest tasks Ellis has been given is to help implement Helton’s new offensive scheme.

While unfamiliar to the players, Ellis has made it easier for his them to learn the new system, using his past experience coaching different position groups to help teach every player what’s expected of them.

“I think it’s really helped as far as becoming a coordinator and understands what gives those guys problems and what’s easy for them,” added Ellis. “I think it makes those guys’ life a lot easier.”

Ellis has said he’s already noticed his players adapting to the scheme much better now that they’re several days into their fall camp.

“We’re night and day from where we were in the spring,” he said. “We had a long way to go this summer. I think the kids worked really hard. The first five or six practices we’ve done a good job so far.”

It’s a job that won’t be finished, though, until they put WKU football back on top of Conference USA

“Hopefully we can get it back to the way it was here and winning a bunch of football games,” said Ellis.