FCA Wrestling Hires Director in Midwest Region
About Mark Ellis
College Wrestling Career
As a wrestler at the University of Missouri, Mark Ellis was a two-time All American (the first Missouri heavyweight wrestler to earn All-American status) and claimed the NCAA Heavyweight Champion in 2009 (only the second NCAA Champion in Missouri University history). Ellis posted a 31-3 record overall during that year, the fifth best winning percentage (.912) in a single season at Missouri. Ellis closed out his Tiger career with a 90-39 record. He earned the program's Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2009, and also received the Ed Lampitt Award in 2010. Ellis currently ranks as sixth all-time in career falls, pinning 30 opponents in his career at Missouri.
Most recently, Ellis served as Assistant Wrestling Coach under Steve Garland at the University of Virginia where he was a part of the UVA team that earned one NCAA Champion runner-up, one NCAA sixth place wrestler, two All Americans,
five ACC All-Academic team members, 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, and 2017 ACC Wrestler of the year.
Prior to coaching at UVA, Ellis was Assistant Coach at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga under Heath Eslinger where Ellis helped guide the Mocs to a top 20 national ranking (in 2013-2014), win the Southern Conference Championship, and send five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.
Ellis was also Assistant Coach at Grand Canyon University and the University of Missouri.
FCA Wrestling Director Carl Perry is thrilled to announce the hiring of Mark Ellis as FCA Wrestling Director of the Greater Kansas City Area / Midwest Region. "Mark has been a long-time friend of FCAW," says Perry, "and will make an excellent addition to our team. He values God and family above all, and he's got that fighting spirit that sets wrestlers apart."
In accepting this new position, Ellis returns to his Midwestern roots. He grew up in Peculiar, Missouri, and completed his four-year wrestling career at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
"I have a deep passion for Jesus and the sport of wrestling," says Ellis, "and I'm excited about seeing others experience the ultimate in both of these areas through the ministry of FCA Wrestling."