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May 25, 1999 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dan Ellis never sat for anything in his life, ever since he first picked up a ball and laced on a pair of football shoes. But for the last two years, the 1996 Downingtown standout who led the Whippets to a PIAA Class AAAA state football championship did just that as a quarterback at Virginia. The downtime appears at an end. The time Ellis has been patiently awaiting will arrive this fall - specifically Sept. 4 in Chapel Hill, N.C., when Ellis is slated to be the Cavaliers' starting quarterback.
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January 21, 1998 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Downingtown's Arlen Harris, one of the nation's top running-back recruits, yesterday announced that he will attend the University of Virginia. Harris' older brother, Aaron, starred at fullback for Penn State this season until being sidelined with a knee injury. But Arlen Harris said the Nittany Lions had never really been a part of the recruiting mix. At Virginia, Harris will be reunited with former Downingtown quarterback Dan Ellis. The two led the Whippets to the 1996 Class AAAA state championship.
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June 9, 1997 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Downingtown High football coach John Barr said he never before had completely changed an offense just to match the skills of one player. But he did it for Dan Ellis. And it's not a stretch to say that, in seasons to come, area football fans again and again will match the skills of other touted quarterbacks against those of Ellis, the Whippets' highly talented and fiercely competitive championship quarterback, and The Inquirer's male athlete of the year. Ellis is the ideal physical package on the field.
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October 27, 1995 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The word on Dan Ellis got out fast. Real fast. Before the Downingtown junior had started his first game at quarterback, he was starting to attract serious interest from college coaches. First there was the football camp at Bloomsburg University, run by head coach Danny Hale and offensive coordinator Bill Hart. "They were amazed by Danny," Whippets coach John Barr said. "Bill Hart told me he's one of the finest quarterbacks he's seen in a long time, a big- time recruit.
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July 17, 1996 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dan Ellis, who broke virtually every single-season school passing record as a junior last fall at Downingtown High, has accepted a full scholarship offer to play quarterback at the University of Virginia. Ellis had no varsity experience at quarterback before his junior season but still posted impressive numbers. Last year, he completed 110 of 203 passes for 1,921 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was intercepted just eight times. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was also a ferocious hitter as a linebacker.
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September 18, 1995 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Every time he signals in a passing play, Downingtown coach John Barr holds his breath, waiting for something terrible to happen. Barr was out of breath by the end of Saturday night's 35-21 win over host Altoona (1-2) in a nonleague football game because quarterback Dan Ellis had put the ball up 28 times. Only good things happened when Ellis went airborne. "Mr. Barr is kind of freaking out over all this passing," the junior said. "I know it makes him nervous. " "It sure does," Barr said.
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August 25, 1998 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The University of Virginia continued to mine the football talent in Chester County yesterday as West Chester East quarterback Matt Schaub orally accepted a full scholarship to the Atlantic Coast Conference school. Former Downingtown star Dan Ellis is a sophomore quarterback in Charlottesville, Va., and Arlen Harris, Ellis' teammate on the 1996 Class AAAA state championship team, is a freshman running back for the Cavaliers. After throwing for 966 yards as a sophomore, Schaub connected on 99 of 183 passes last season, good for 1,324 yards and eight touchdowns.
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May 8, 1998 | By John Manasso, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As the summer recess began almost a year ago, Downingtown's Matt Ellis was consumed by self-doubt. John Barr, the coach who several months before had guided Downingtown's football team to a PIAA Class AAAA state championship, had resigned. Ellis' thoughts swirled in uncertainty. Although everyone around him told him otherwise, Ellis did not believe he would start on offense come fall. With Barr gone, he worried, had his chances for starting diminished? Making matters worse were the expectations Ellis placed on himself because of his older brother Dan, who had just graduated.
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May 14, 2008 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dan Ellis, who quarterbacked Downingtown to a PIAA Class AAAA state championship in 1996, is the new head football coach at Springfield-Delaware County. Ellis, 29, was the offensive coordinator at Bayard Rustin last year. Before that, he held the same position for four years at Downingtown East. "I'm very excited," he said. "Being a head coach is something I've wanted to do ever since I got into coaching. This is a great opportunity. " At Rustin and Downingtown East, Ellis used a spread-type offense.
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May 25, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Ellis, a standout quarterback at Downingtown High, has been named the football coach at West Chester East. A 2001 graduate of Virginia, where he set several passing records, Ellis will be out to revive a Vikings program that has struggled since winning the National Division championship in '06. The Vikings were 2-9 last season and have won only four games in the last four seasons. East supporters hope Ellis can turn around the program just as he did at Springfield (Delco), one of the smaller schools in the Central League.
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August 30, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Chip Kelly does with the Eagles, Great Valley's Dan Ellis wants to go full throttle on offense and run plays in rapid fashion. "We want to dictate things," he said. "We don't want to give the opposing defense a chance to breathe. " Great Valley ran an average of about 70 plays per game with its hurry-up, no-huddle spread offense while going 12-2 and claiming top District 1 Class AAA honors last season. Ellis, a star quarterback at Downingtown (Class of 1997) and Virginia, first began using an up-tempo scheme in 2009, his second year in charge at Springfield (Delaware County)
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November 30, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It didn't take long for Archbishop Wood to seize control against Great Valley. The quick and powerful Vikings put the outmanned and smaller Patriots in a 23-point hole in the first six minutes of a PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal Friday night at Northeast. Wood cruised from there, as many had expected, in a 44-7 rout. That marked the end to a breakout, highly memorable season for first-year Great Valley coach Dan Ellis and his players. The Patriots finished with a school-record 12 victories, placed second in the Ches-Mont League American Division, and captured the program's first District 1 championship.
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November 23, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though his same-named father starred at quarterback at Mainland (N.J). and Penn State, Great Valley's Doug Strang says he has greatly aided his development as a wide receiver and defensive back. "He gives me a lot of instruction, a lot of encouragement," the senior said. "He just knows the game so well. And he's my biggest fan. " Friday night at frigid Plymouth Whitemarsh, Strang made key contributions on both sides of the ball to help the Patriots capture the PIAA District 1 Class AAA championship with a 21-0 blanking of Springfield (Delco)
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November 21, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Nasir Adderley developed his skills while growing up in Mount Airy and playing Pop Warner football for the Enon Eagles. Now, the Philly native, who moved to Chester County before eighth grade, is a key performer for a Great Valley squad that is enjoying a breakout season. A do-everything type with blazing speed, Adderley serves the Patriots as a receiver, rusher, Wildcat-formation quarterback, strong safety, and kick returner. "The thing that makes him so special is that you never know what's going to happen when he touches the ball," said Great Valley's first-year coach, Dan Ellis.
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September 27, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a game with Ches-Mont League American Conference title implications, defending champion West Chester Rustin will visit undefeated Great Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Knights, with a wing-T attack, are powered by halfback Terry Loper. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior has carried the ball 108 times for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns. Guided by new coach Dan Ellis, Great Valley is averaging 47.5 points in a hurry-up, spread offense. Loper, who rushed for 1,734 yards and 22 scores last season, has scholarship offers from Bryant, Buffalo, Duquesne, Monmouth, and Rhode Island.
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April 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - The team that had the worst start in franchise history clinched a playoff berth Tuesday night at the BB&T Center. Captain Claude Giroux, who guaranteed the Flyers would make the playoffs when they had a 1-7 record, scored a pair of goals, sparking a 5-2 victory over lowly Florida and assuring that they will be playing in the postseason after being spectators last year. "I just believed in this team," Giroux said of his early-season prediction. "Last year, not making the playoffs was unacceptable.
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September 15, 2013 | By Paul Tierney, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a battle of unbeatens, West Chester East knew it would have to halt West Chester Rustin's power rushing attack if it wanted to upset its in-district rival on the road. But Golden Knights junior tailback Terry Loper had other plans. Loper gashed the Vikings for 301 yards on 25 carries, enabling Rustin to cruise to a 47-17 victory Friday night. Loper said squaring off against his team's crosstown rival provided extra motivation for him and his teammates. "It means a lot, man," Loper said.
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May 25, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Ellis, a standout quarterback at Downingtown High, has been named the football coach at West Chester East. A 2001 graduate of Virginia, where he set several passing records, Ellis will be out to revive a Vikings program that has struggled since winning the National Division championship in '06. The Vikings were 2-9 last season and have won only four games in the last four seasons. East supporters hope Ellis can turn around the program just as he did at Springfield (Delco), one of the smaller schools in the Central League.
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May 14, 2008 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dan Ellis, who quarterbacked Downingtown to a PIAA Class AAAA state championship in 1996, is the new head football coach at Springfield-Delaware County. Ellis, 29, was the offensive coordinator at Bayard Rustin last year. Before that, he held the same position for four years at Downingtown East. "I'm very excited," he said. "Being a head coach is something I've wanted to do ever since I got into coaching. This is a great opportunity. " At Rustin and Downingtown East, Ellis used a spread-type offense.
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May 13, 2008 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
Dan Ellis is returning home. Well, sort of. The all-state quarterback at Downingtown, who led the Whippets to a state championship in 1996 and was born and raised in Collingdale, Delaware County, will be the new head coach of Springfield's football team next season. This will be the first head-coaching job for Ellis, 29, a 2-year starting quarterback at Virginia who takes over at Springfield for Chris Bell, whose contract was not renewed after last season's 2-8 finish. "This is exciting, I'm definitely looking forward to it," said Ellis, who was an assistant coach last year at Bayard Rustin High in West Chester, and offensive coordinator at Downingtown East for 4 years prior to that.
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