FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Sam Pittman has turned to the University of Georgia for another hire with the addition of Ed Ellis as associate director of strength and conditioning.
Ellis is no stranger to Arkansas. He earned his master’s degree from Arkansas in education in 1989. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas from 1987-89.
Ellis has 29 years of experience in the field including 24 years as a head strength and conditioning coach with stops at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Illinois State, Ole Miss and Arkansas in addition to UCF.
He came to Georgia on Jan. 6, 2015, after 13 years at UCF.
Pittman has also added Jamil Walker from Georgia as the head of the strength and conditioning program. He has been at Georgia since 2017. Prior to that he was at Wisconsin from 2008-17. He is a former running back for the Badgers.
One of Pittman’s first hires at Arkansas was appointing Patrick Doherty to Director of Football Operations. Doherty also comes from Georgia. He was in quality control with the offense with the Bulldogs.
Pittman’s first staff now looks like this.
Kendal Briles, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks
Jimmy Smith, Running Backs
Justin Stepp, Wide Receivers
Jon Cooper, Tight Ends
Brad Davis, Offensive Line
Barry Odom, Defensive Coordinator, Safeties ?
Derrick LeBlanc, Defensive Line
Rion Rhoades, Linebackers
Sam Carter, Cornerbacks
Scott Fountain, Special Teams
Ed Ellis, Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning
Jamil Walker, Head of Strength and Conditioning
Patrick Doherty, Director of Football Operations