Jason Ellis

Jason S. Ellis

Class of 2003

Baseball

Jason S. Ellis is the son of the late Denny Ellis and Pam Deerwester. Ellis grew up in Batavia, Ohio, with his sisters, Lacey Young and Kelly Eastman, playing on various all-star teams and summer leagues.

Ellis entered Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands, in 1998 after graduating from Glen Este High School in Batavia, Ohio. He started his collegiate baseball career at Cumberlands in 1999 with Coach Terry Stigall and ended in the spring of 2002 under Coach Brad Shelton with one of the most impressive career baseball resumes of any player ever to suit up for Cumberlands on the diamond.

To date, Ellis is the Cumberlands all-time career batting average leader at .389, all-time career leader in hits with 246, all-time career leader in doubles with 60, all-time career leader in home runs with 34 and all-time runs batted in with 183. He also played in 186 games which is also a career record. Ellis holds the following team records for a season: third in batting average for a season with .447, first in hits with 93, first in doubles with 30, third in home runs with 14, and first in games played with 63. Adding to this remarkable list of statistics is the fact that he was a leader on and off the field, leading by example. Coach Shelton says of Ellis, "Offensive statistics aside, Jason changed the game defensively by shutting down the opposition's running game as catcher."

Upon leaving Cumberlands he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds Minor League professional baseball team. Ellis played with the Reds in Sarasota, Florida and in Billings, Montana from 2002 -2005.

Since 2005, he has been employed by the Bardstown City Police Department and has been the K-9 Officer with the Canine Unit since 2008. On the job, Ellis has received the Governor's Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement for 2007 and 2008. He also received the Officer of the Year Award in 2008.

Ellis is currently living in Bloomfield, Kentucky with his wife of six years, the former Amy Phillips, a 2005 Cumberlands alumna, and their two sons, Hunter, 5, and Parker, 4.