Cody Ellis played baseball for two years at Patrick Henry Community College back in 2011 and 2012. In that time, Ellis earned second-team All Region X as an outfielder.
Seven years later, Ellis is returning to PHCC as its new head baseball coach, replacing Jordan Basile, who left to take a job with the Jamestown Jammers of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League next season.
Ellis could not be reached immediately for comment, but he did say in a press release sent out by the school that, “I am very excited to start this new chapter of Patriot baseball with my family and this new group of players. I am ready to build relationships with our incoming student-athletes as we commit to winning on and off the field.”
The news of the hiring was announced Wednesday morning. PHCC Athletic Director Brian Henderson said that Basile notified him of the possibility he would leave for other opportunities, and a couple of weeks ago he notified the school of his intentions to return closer to home and coach the Jammers.
“Jordan let me know that he was up for some positions, so once he let me know that, I started to search who would be a good fit,” Henderson said. “Cody, being a former PHCC player, he said that this was something he would absolutely love to do.”
Following his playing career at PHCC, Ellis went on to play at Norfolk State, where he earned second-team All-MEAC as a second baseman.
Since then, Ellis has coached in different roles with USA Baseball’s 16-and-under program, the Keene Swampbats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and, most recently, assisting with former PHCC Coach Lucas Jones at the University of Lynchburg.
“Working with Coach Lucas, we felt like he would be a perfect fit,” Henderson said. “He understands what it takes to move on from a junior college experience.”
Under Basile the past two seasons, the Patriots reached the Region X championship game two seasons ago, and this season the team was disqualified from postseason play because of eligibility issues stemming from missing paperwork due in April.
“I am thankful for Coach Basile and the stability he brought to the PHCC baseball program and our student-athletes over the last two seasons,” Henderson said in the press release. “I am confident that Coach Ellis will have no trouble building on the great foundation that Coach Basile laid.”
Henderson said the goals he set for Ellis and the program were to “win on and off the field.”
“Keeping the train rolling, continue to help move these student-athletes to four-year schools and beyond, and to win our first Region X Championship,” he said. “Getting over that hump. We’ve been right there. We just haven’t gotten over that hump.”