Spent Last Two Seasons at Samford University
UConn will prepare for its second season in the American Athletic Conference
First-year head coach Kris Grunwald has named Sarah Cullen and Ellen Herman as his assistants
Ellen Kimball is entering the third year of her second stint with the Huskies, re-joining UConn in 2014 after also serving as an assistant in 2011. Kimball joins head coach Kris Grunwald's staff after playing professionally in Europe and after a standout career at Ohio University.
The Toledo, Ohio native most recently played professionally with Sagres NUC, one of the top teams in the LNA, the top professional league in Switzerland. During the 2011-2012 season, she was match MVP three times, and helped the out of Neuchatel, Switzerland club finish second in the league. Sagres also reached the Swiss Cup final and the quarterfinals of the CEV Challenge Cup, a European-wide Championship. Returning to Neuchatel the following season, she was awarded match MVP five times and the team finished third place in the LNA.
In addition to her coaching duties at UConn, Kimball also serves as the Director of the Connecticut Volleyball Institute.
In 2010, she competed for VT Aurubis Hamburg, a member of Germany's 14-team premier league, the Bundesliga. During her brief stint in Germany, she received MVP honors during two matches.
Prior to her professional career, Kimball trained with the U.S. National Team during the summer of 2009 and competed with the U.S. National Team on their Tour of China during February of 2010. She also competed with the U.S. A2 Team, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Adult Open Championship in 2008.
Kimball, a two-time All-American, led the Bobcats to four successful seasons during her collegiate career, including three Mid American Conference regular season championships, three MAC tournament championships and four NCAA tournament berths. She was named the MAC Player of the Year as a junior and senior and also earned MAC Freshman of the Year accolades during her rookie campaign. The four-time first team All-MAC selection left Ohio University as the OU and MAC all-time leader in kills, as well as OU's all-time leader in points and attacks.
Kimball, who earned Academic All-MAC honors three times during her collegiate career, graduated with a Bachelor of Health Administration from Ohio University in June 2010.