|Alma Mater:||Oklahoma State|
Colby Ellis is in his first season on the Nebraska football staff in 2018, serving as an intern. Ellis brings four years of full-time coaching experience to Lincoln.
Ellis spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Missouri Southern, where he coached the wide receivers. In 2016, he coached the special teams and wide receivers at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, helping NEO lead the NJCAA ranks in field goals and rank second in kickoff returns and third in punt returns and field goal percentage. Ellis was a graduate assistant at the University of West Georgia in 2015, coaching the cornerbacks and assisting with the special teams. In his lone season at the school, the Wolves finished 12-2 and won a conference and regional title while advancing to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs.
A native of Tonkawa, Okla., Ellis earned his start in the coaching profession at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, coaching the special teams and linebackers while also serving as an assistant strength coach. Ellis was also a member of the strength and conditioning program at Oklahoma State in 2013.
Ellis earned his bachelor's degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in exercise and health in 2013 from Oklahoma State. He went on to get his master's degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in sport and leisure service management from Pittsburg State in 2015.
As a player, Ellis was a two-year all-conference free safety at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, ending his career with a school-record 181 tackles. As a freshman, he totaled 103 tackles to lead the Norse and rank 12th nationally. Ellis went on to play at Oklahoma State, helping the Cowboys to the 2011 Big 12 title. With the Cowboys, Ellis was a defensive back, wide receiver and contributed on special teams.