Shannon Ellis, the head coach of the Seattle University volleyball team for the past nine seasons, has announced that she is leaving the program to focus on her family, effective immediately.

Ellis was on maternity leave during the 2012 season after the birth of Edith Daenera Ellis on Aug. 27, joining brothers Zach and Tyler. She was on the bench during the Redhawks' last two home matches against UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech, and she joined the team on its final road trip to Denver last week.

"I am so grateful for the opportunities provided to me at Seattle University. It was my great pleasure to work with outstanding student athletes and coworkers," said Ellis. "Seattle University is truly a special place. I am thankful for the continuous support provided to me and to the volleyball program. I am proud of the work I have done here and I trust that the program will continue to move in a positive direction."

Ellis's official record as Seattle U head coach was 95-112 (.459), including four winning seasons. After serving as an assistant coach at Bucknell University for two years, she came to Seattle U and posted records above .500 in each of her first three seasons (2004-06). She also took the program through the reclassification to Division I and finished the 2010 campaign with an 18-13 record, including victories over regional rivals Gonzaga, Portland, Idaho, and Eastern Washington.

"We are very appreciative of the work Shannon has put in over the past nine years to build the volleyball program," Bill Hogan, Director of Athletics, said. "She guided the team through the tough transition period, continually bringing in players who showed high character both on the court and in the classroom. We thank her for her years of service to the University and wish her well in the future."

A national search for a new volleyball coach will commence shortly.

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