Dan Ellis, an Arlington Heights native, graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology. That year he moved to Austin, Texas to pursue and earn a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Texas, and begin his career in the fitness and sports performance industry. While earning his Masters, Dan was a volunteer strength coach for the UT men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as coaching local golfers, high school, and college athletes.
After Texas, Dan spent 2 seasons as a minor league strength coach in the Oakland A’s farm system, including 1 season with the Kane County Cougars. Since then, Dan has remained in Chicago working with people, golfers, and athletes of all ages and abilities, from youth to NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, and the Olympics.
Dan has a Level 3 Fitness Certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, and is a Functional Golf Specialist from the Gray Institute. In 2015, Dan completed the world-renowned GIFT program through the Gray Institute, giving him the prestigious designation as a Fellow of Applied Functional Sciences.
In his spare time, Dan loves spending time with his family, playing golf, training himself, and (ironically, as a fitness coach) baking. He lives in Mount Prospect with his wife Amanda, his son Jordan, and his daughter Addison. They have 2 dogs, Tiger and Arya.
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