Coming off three national championships in four years playing in the Terrapin backfield, Ellen Ott will make the transition from captain and leader on the field to coach and teacher from the sidelines. Ott will finish her Maryland education this year while taking on a new role as undergraduate assistant coach for Missy Meharg.
"Ellen has an interest and a passion for coaching with experience in College Connection, the U.S. Futures Program and summer camps," Meharg said. "I see her doing great things. She was a captain last year and a three-time National Champion. She brings a lot of straight forward discussion when it comes to the game. I see her bridging the gap quite comfortably between the players, captains and staff. We're really looking forward to having Ellen as part of the coaching staff."
No other Terrapin in program history owns as many NCAA titles as Ott and the four-member senior class of 2008. The quartet earned national crowns as freshmen and sophomores and again as seniors from 2005-08 to close out an unprecedented four-year run in Maryland annals. Ott was also a part of two Atlantic Coast Conference-winning clubs in 2005 and 2008.
Ott appeared in 73 games with 46 starts during her career, having begun her freshman campaign as a backup to four-time All-American and eventual U.S. Olympian Lauren Powley. As a sophomore, Ott clinched Maryland's second-straight appearance in the NCAA Championship by knocking in the game-deciding penalty stroke in the semifinals versus Connecticut. That season, the second of Maryland's back-to-back national titles, Ott helped solidify a defense that led the nation in goals against average (0.70).
Ott's career went into high gear as an upperclassman, starting in 96 percent of the Terps' games her junior and senior seasons as Maryland went 40-5 (.889) in that stretch. She was selected to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team both years, helping the Terp backfield to a 0.90 GAA in 2007 (3rd in nation) while recording a career-high seven goals, including a game-winner versus rival Old Dominion.
As a senior, Ott helped the Maryland defense to a 1.27 GAA. She scored the game-winning goal in the Terps' overtime win over Virginia in the ACC Semifinals, the beginning of a postseason that ended with yet another NCAA crown.
Ott, a Schwenksville, Pa., native, is working toward her degree in family studies.