RICHMOND, Ky. – Donte Ellington, who served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Midwestern State University the past two seasons, was chosen as Eastern Kentucky University’s wide receivers coach, head coach Mark Elder announced today.
In 2018, he tutored Juwan Johnson, who set a new school record with 1,215 receiving yards. That same season, his group helped Midwestern State set new program records for receiving touchdowns (33), yards per game (325.7) and yards in a game (470). MSU averaged 41 points per game.
In 2017, he helped Midwestern State to a Lone Star Conference championship and a No. 11 nation ranking with a 10-1 record. MSU was eighth in the country in scoring (42.5 ppg) and 11thnationally in total offense (483.3 yards per game).
In both seasons combined, Ellington coached seven different receivers that totaled 100 or more yards in a game. He helped the Mustangs generate 6,000 yards of offense and score 60 touchdowns.
“I’m very excited to have Donte come to mentor our receivers,” Elder said. “He’s a guy who has played the position, has worked with tremendous people in the profession and has a number of years of experience developing wide receivers. He’s been very successful in elevating the play of the student-athletes under his direction. Donte is going to be a very dynamic individual in building relationships with our current players and in recruiting. He will help our program take a step forward.”
In addition to coaching the wide receivers, Ellington recruited the Austin and San Antonio areas in Texas, high school prospects in Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma, and junior college athletes in Northern California. He also managed community service projects for the Midwestern State football program.
Before joining the Midwestern State program, Ellington was the associate head coach and wide receivers coach at Independence Community College in Kansas during the 2016 season. He helped Independence to a No. 23 national ranking. Independence beat three top-20 ranked teams that season. He tutored two all-conference wide receivers, one of which ranked 19th in the nation in receiving yards.
Ellington has also coached at Garden City Community College (2015), Menlo College (2013-14) and San Jose High Academy (2005-13). He played professionally in three leagues, including with the San Jose Sabercats in the Arena Football League during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Ellington played college football at San Jose City College and Northwood University.