Brian Ellerbe (Courtesy of Archbishop Carroll High School)
Brian Ellerbe (Courtesy of Archbishop Carroll High School)

Archbishop Carroll High School, a Catholic school in northeast D.C., has named Brian Ellerbe the school’s new athletic director.

Ellerbe, a local product, brings more than three decades of experience in intercollegiate athletic coaching and recruitment.

“I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Archbishop Carroll High School,” Ellerbe said. “It was clear from the moment I met with the team, they have a deep love for the institution and understand the positive role athletic plays in preparing young people for the challenges they will face in life. I am excited to work with the Carroll community to build on past success and create a shared vision for the future of Carroll Athletics.”

He began his new position Monday.

“Brian Ellerbe has tremendous leadership and administrative experience in athletics, and is a terrific fit for Archbishop Carroll Athletics as we work to ensure our student-athlete success on the field and in the classroom,” said Archbishop Carroll President Larry Savoy. “Brian has proven to be a man who cares deeply about education and student-athlete achievements. For all these reasons, we are thrilled to welcome him to Archbishop Carroll High School.”

Ellerbe, a decorated local high school basketball standout (Bowie High School), earned DC All-Metropolitan honors and was one of the area’s leading scorers in 1980 and 1981. In 1981, he played in the McDonald’s Capitol Classic game alongside future Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing.

Ellerbe was a four-year starter at Rutgers University, where he ranks second all-time in school history for assists.

After successful high school and collegiate careers, Ellerbe began a memorable tenure in collegiate coaching. He was the first African-American basketball head coach at both Loyola University Maryland and University of Michigan.

In 1998, he led the University of Michigan to the Big Ten championship and a bid in the NCAA tournament.

Ellerbe also held assistant coaching positions at Rutgers University, Bowling Green State University, George Mason University, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, George Washington University, DePaul University and Morgan State University.

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