Head Coach Ian Ellis

gbr United Kingdom
Current Team


Ellis first became involved in American Football back in the early 1980’s as a player in the UK with the Crawley Raiders. An opportunity followed to play Linebacker at college in the USA at NCAA Division 3 Bethany College in West Virginia, followed by a brief stint as an Assistant High School Coach at Brooke High School in West Virginia and then in 1993 an intern role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. Ellis Returned to the UK in 1995 to become the Head Coach of the Crawley Raiders prior to the Raiders and B52’s merger in 1996 to form the original Sussex Thunder, taking up the role of Defensive Coordinator in 1997 and then Head Coach in 1998. Ellis has worked in coaching in UK, Europe and the US since the mid 1990’s and was inducted into the Minor League Hall of Fame for Coaching in 2007.

Coaching Career

Sussex Thunder (Head Coach) – 2011-Present
Farnham Knights (Head Coach) – 2008-2010
Farnham Knights (Defensive Coordinator) – 2001-2008
London Blitz (Defensive Coordinator) – 2000-2000
Sussex Thunder (Head Coach) – 1998-1999
Sussex Thunder (Defensive Coordinator) – 1997-1997
Crawley Raiders (Head Coach) – 1995-1997
Miami Dolphins (Def. Coaching Assistant) – 1994-1994
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Def. Coaching Assistant) – 1993-1993


Email: ian.ellis@sussexthunder.uk / headcoach@sussexthunder.com
Telephone: +447813819494