Shipley Names New Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach
The Shipley School is proud to announce that Ellen Bair has been named Varsity Girls' Basketball Head Coach. After an extensive search, Shipley is delighted to have Ellen take the helm of the Girls' Basketball Program.
Ellen has spent the last three years as the Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach at Linden Hall, an all-girls boarding school, located in Lancaster, PA. During her tenure, she developed the basketball program into one that is well-recognized and high-achieving, including three consecutive PIAA District championships, and two trips to the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 of the Pennsylvania State Tournament. She is devoted to the development and growth of her players and has sent numerous girls on to all levels of college basketball.
Coaching and basketball run in the family for Ellen. Her father, Jeff, is the long-time coach for Gettysburg High School, and her brother, Sean, is an Assistant Coach at Monmouth University. Ellen played college basketball at both Lebanon Valley College and Dickinson College as a point guard. Most recently, Ellen was the Director of Athletics at Linden Hall in addition to being the Varsity Basketball Coach. Ellen will join Shipley in a full-time capacity with additional roles in both Middle and Upper School. She will also join the staff of our Volleyball Program.
Coach Bair stated, “From the moment I stepped onto the Shipley campus, I knew it was a special place. I am honored to be the newest member of the Gator family and look forward to continuing a long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence in girls' basketball. I want to thank everyone in the Shipley Athletics Department for this incredible opportunity, and for their faith in me and my vision. Let's get to work!”
We are also pleased to announce that alumnae and former Georgia Tech standout, Martine Fortune '15 will join Liz Denbigh '14 and Shania Stamper on the Varsity Girls' Basketball staff as an assistant coach. Martine will also be a full-time colleague working in our Lower School as an Associate Teacher.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.