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Derek Ellis - Owner/Instructor

Derek Ellis is a 1984 graduate of Jeffersonville High School where he letter two years in baseball - playing for Hall of Fame Coach Don Poole.

Currently (2019-20) in his 8th year as Head Coach of Jeffersonville High School. He is the third winningest coach in the history of the school with 141 wins. Only behind Hall of Fame coaches Don Poole and Al Rabe.


Coach Ellis was a 1984 All State selection as a shortstop and North/South All Star selection as a pitcher/shortstop and according to Hall of Fame Coach Don Poole, "Derek was the best all around baseball player I ever coached." 

He continues to hold Jeff High School season record for Most Wins in a Season as a pitcher with 14 wins and had a  career ERA of 1.00. He pitched and helped his team to the State Finals in 1984 losing in a classic pitchers duel to Marion 1-0.  


Derek went on to play for Hall of Fame Junior College coach Jerry Blemker at Vincennes University  and finished his final two seasons at Indiana State University where he was co-captain and starting shortstop for the Sycamores.    

Coach Ellis managed the 2008 Jeff/GRC Little League All Stars  which participated in the Little League World Series and coached in little league for over a decade.


Derek is married to Jennifer Smith Ellis for 25 years and they have three sons all of which play baseball. Drew 23 was an All-American at The University of Louisville and a 2017 2nd round MLB draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is currently playing in the Southern League AA for the Jackson Generals. Drew was selected to the Southern League All Stars and was voted the Southern Leagues top third baseman. Ian 21 just finished his Junior season at Kentucky Wesleyan College as a pitcher/infielder/DH and was 2nd on the team in home runs. He will finish his senior year in the same role. Jack 18 is a Freshman 3B/1B at John A Logan junior college in Carterville, IL.

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Neil Holland

Neil Holland a native of Owensboro, Kentucky. He played his high school baseball at Owensboro Catholic high school.

Received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Louisville where he had 3 first team Big East honors, runner up for stopper of the year, and 1st team All American. Was drafted his junior year by the Washington Nationals in the 11th round.

Neil was a four time minor league all-star. He played 7 years with the Washington Nationals and was then signed by the Cleveland Indians where he played his last year of professional baseball.

Neil has now committed his time to teaching and instructing elementary through college age players.

Neil will be working at The Ellis Baseball Academy Monday thru Friday from 3:00-8:00pm and Sunday’s 5:00-8:30. If you would like to schedule a session please call 270-993-9604 or 812-987-5153

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