Athletics Staff
Dave Ellis
University of Nebraska Athletics
Position: University of Nebraska Athletics
Other Position: Director of Performance Nutrition
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Burke
Alma Mater: Nebraska
Graduating Year: 1988
Phone: 402-472-2356

A world leader in his field for more than three decades, Dave Ellis was hired as the Director of Performance Nutrition for the Nebraska Athletic Department in July of 2018.

Ellis has an impressive resume in the nutrition industry that includes starting Nebraska’s nutrition department in 1994. Ellis served for eight years as the Huskers’ Director of Performance Nutrition, providing a key component in Nebraska’s run to three national championships in that period. 

As Director of Performance Nutrition, Ellis plays an integral role in the development and implementation of sports nutrition services for all student-athletes to optimize health and performance. Ellis directs the nutrition efforts of the Husker football team on a daily basis, while overseeing a team that will coordinate nutrition services and education for all 24 of Nebraska’s sports.

Before becoming the first full-time nutritionist at Nebraska, Ellis first served the Huskers as a certified strength and conditioning coach during his undergraduate work in Lincoln. He returned to Nebraska in 1994 after a successful stint at Wisconsin, where he created a multi-sport training table for athletics.

After leaving the Nebraska staff following the 2001 football season, Ellis was the pre-eminent consultant in the sports nutrition industry in the United States. Through his company Sports Alliance Inc., Ellis served as a consultant to teams at all levels in several sports. In 2016, Ellis accepted a consulting position with Major League Baseball and the MLBPA. In the position, Ellis managed the fueling related policies of the most recent MLB/PA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Ellis grew up in Omaha and is a Burke High graduate. He received his undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition from UNL in 1988, and returned to the same college to complete his graduate work necessary to become a Registered Dietitian in 2000.