Ron Ellett

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Ron Ellett
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1960–1963 Eastern Illinois
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986 North Park
Head coaching record
Overall 0–9 (.000)
College Football Data Warehouse

Ron Ellett is a retired American football coach in the United States.Ronald Ellett was born in 1942 in Indiana, the son of H. Archie Ellett and Frances Elizabeth Ellett. Ronald Ellett's grandfather was James Fred Ellett, the son of Willis A. Gorman Ellett. Willis was the son of David Ellett whose father was Edward Ellett, Sr. the founder of Ellettsville, Indiana.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ron Ellett came from a successful high school football program. Jamaica High School was undefeated when he was a senior in 1959.[2] In all, Ron Ellett earned 13 letters at Jamaica, four in baseball and three each in football, basketball and track. He was a Little All-State selection in football by the Chicago Daily News and earned special mention all-state recognition in basketball. As a senior, Ellett was the Vermilion County scoring leader in both football and basketball.He went on to Eastern Illinois University, where he lettered in football for three years, the amount of time it took Ellett to earn his degree. At Eastern Illinois University he played quarterback primarily running the shotgun offense.[2] In 2009 Ron Ellett was recognized as the best athlete to have ever played a Jamaica High School by the Champaign News Gazette.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

High School[edit]

Ronald Ellett started the football program at Hampshire High School in 1964.In 1994 Coach Ron Ellett was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches' Hall of Fame.[3] During his tenure Coach Ron Ellett guided the Whippurs to five conference titles, two State Championships and a State Runner-Up. Ron Ellett was also the High School baseball coach and lead the baseball team to their first District Championship in 1977.[4] He then went to Elgin High School in Elgin, Illinois as head coach for one year while guiding the football team to a conference championship and its first football state playoff berth in school history. Coach Ellett then accept a position as head college at North Park College.[5] On May 12, 2012 Ron Ellett's former players from Hampshire High School held a banquet in his honor where he received several standing ovations for his efforts and compassion as a coach.

North Park[edit]

Ellett was the head college football coach for the North Park Vikings located in Chicago, Illinois. He held that position for the 1986 season.[6] His coaching record at North Park was 0-9.[7] Ron Ellett then retired from coaching and devoted himself to his successful business as a home builder.[2]


Ron Ellett is the grandfather of fourteen and the father of three sons and a daughter. His oldest son, Ronald J. Ellett, is an attorney in Phoenix Arizona. Doug Ellett followed in his father's footsteps as a high school teacher and successful coach. The youngest son, Matthew Ellett, is a home builder and developer, while the daughter, Amy Ellett Johnson, is an elementary school teacher.


  1. ^ Carter, Lang, and Matthews (1988). Leaves from the Ellett-Elliott Family Tree. pp. 4–6, 35. 
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  4. ^ Stevenson, Joe (October 21, 2013). "Hampshire football coach Dan Cavanaugh to retire after season". Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kroner, Fred (July 11, 2009). "Salt Fork Heroes". News-Gazzette (Eastern Illinois). Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Shafer, Ian. "North Park University (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ DeLassus, David. "North Park Vikings". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 2, 2013.