Ellis is entering his third season with SMU as an Assistant Coach.
He comes from Blue Mountain Community College, where he finished up his fourth season as the head coach. He also had stops as a student assistant at Eastern Washington University and spent two seasons as the head coach at Tekoa-Oakesdale.
He is a former NWAC basketball player at Spokane Community College. He then transferred to Eastern Washington University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching. He completed his Master’s Degree at Concordia University – Irvine in Coaching and Athletic Administration.
"Coach Ellis is a fantastic fit for this program and this institution,” said head coach Alex Pribble. "He is very well connected in the Pacific Northwest, and he has great coaching experience as a former head coach. He will be a significant part of our recruiting process, in addition to his work with our current players."
"Adam is the type of person that you want your players to be around every day,” added Pribble. “He is positive, enthusiastic, and he is all about helping our players become their best."
Strength and Conditioning Coach
James ‘Jamie’ O’Neil joined Saint Martin’s University as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball teams at the start of the 2017 season. Coach O’Neil is in charge of all aspects of the Strength and Conditioning program, including athletic development, injury reduction, and facilitating recovery going into his second season.
The Lacey, Washington native comes to SMU after recently completing an internship at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, O’Neil assisted the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports, working with the Women’s Soccer and Bowling teams, and the Men’s Golf team that was ranked first in the nation heading into the postseason.
Prior to his time in Nashville, he spent more than two years in Macomb, IL as a Graduate Assistant at Western Illinois University. During his time at WIU, Jamie worked with hundreds of student athletes. As the First Assistant for Football, Coach O’Neil was lucky enough to help the Leathernecks on their run to the 2015 FCS playoffs, and was privileged to work with two All-Americans in 2016. At WIU, Jamie was also the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Baseball, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, and the Throwers on the Track team. The student athletes continued to improve year after year, including a Freshman All-American, a school record holder, and five athletes that signed to play professionally after their collegiate career.
Jamie started his Graduate degree at the University of Virginia. As a GA, his primary responsibility was to help implement the Strength and Conditioning program for the Football team. While in Charlottesville, Coach O’Neil also helped out with numerous Olympic Sports as needed.
To begin his career with NCAA sports, Jamie spent nine months interning at the University of Washington. At UW, Coach O’Neil helped out the Football team and helped prepare senior athletes for their Pro Day. He spent time learning from two different coaching staffs that helped get his career started.
Jamie has an MS in Kinesiology for Western Illinois University and his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Central Washington University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He currently resides in Tumwater..
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