JaeLynn Ellison enters her fifth year with the William Jewell Athletic Department in 2019-2020, serving as Assistant Athletics Director for Communication. She oversees all aspects of communication for the Cardinals while also serving as the primary contact for the GLVC Sports Network at Jewell, coordinating the master athletic calendar, statistics, photography, graphic design, and social media, while also serving on the College's branding team.
She served two years as the Assistant Sports Information Director before moving into the lead role in June 2017 at the age of 24, becoming one of the youngest female lead SIDs in the region. She was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director in July 2019.
In conjunction with her work at Jewell, she is an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), serving on the Mentoring Committee, and participating in the CoSIDA Mentoring Program. Her 2019 men's basketball game notes finished third in the nation in the College Division and her photography has also been featured in six Kansas Associated Press award-winning pieces. Additionally, she serves on the NCAA Midwest Regional Advisory Committee for the sport of volleyball (2019-2022).
Ellison comes to Jewell after serving as the Sports Information Director at Labette Community College, in Parsons, Kansas. While at Labette she was responsible for implementing three new social media platforms for the athletic department, a new Livestream system for home contests, as well as compiling record books for three different sports.
A former collegiate athlete, Ellison played four years of college softball, including two at fellow GLVC member Drury University. Prior to her time at DU she pitched for two seasons at Labette where she was an All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference performer after leading the Cardinals to a national ranking as high as No. 7 as a sophomore in 2012. She led the team in innings pitched, appearances, wins, strikeout to walk ratio, and her ERA ranked in the top 25 nationally. She was also a part of the first softball team in Labette history to win a KJCCC and Region championship, and earn a top eight finish at the NJCAA II National Tournament.
Ellison earned her bachelor's degree in Multimedia Production and Journalism from Drury in 2014, and an associate degree in Communication from Labette in 2012. She is currently pursuing a master's in recreation and sports management with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration.
A native of Forsyth, Missouri, she was a two-sport standout at Hollister High School where she led the softball program to the first district championship in any girls sport in school history and was selected the Tigers' Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. She is the middle child of Jeff and Karen Ellison and resides in Independence, Mo.