Keith Ellison

Keith  Ellison

Last College:
LMU, '87/'06

Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine

As Head Trainer:
23rd Season


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Afixture the last two decades in the "back of the house," also known as the Athletics Training Room in Gersten Pavilion, has been Keith Ellison. The last 21 years of his 27 years of service at Loyola Marymount has been as the head athletic trainer of sports medicine for the department of athletics at LMU. In 2009, Ellison was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine.

The 2017-18 men's basketball season will be his 23rd at that position.

Ellison has been in the professional field of athletic training for more than 25 years, all of them here at LMU. And he has seen a little of everything as his alma mater has grown to 22 sports and more than 400 student-athletes. His devotion to LMU is evident, as the training facilities have only been enhanced in the past 20 years under Ellison's guidance.

"LMU has given me so much in my life, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The University has given me so many opportunities. I've been fortunate to be here for so many years," said Ellison.

In the summer of 2014, LMU expanded the LMU Training Room. The main therapy area expanded by more than 1,200 square feet. The new area includes 10 treatment tables (double the previous space) and is home to a new physical therapy area. The old space has been converted to a wet-therapy area, complete with state-of-the-art 12-person cold Grimm whirlpool.

After graduating with a degree in business administration and a minor in economics from LMU in 1987, Ellison worked as an intern at LMU while completing his coursework in athletic training at UCLA. The National Athletic Trainers Association in 1992 certified him as an athletic trainer.

Ellison is responsible for all areas of athletic training for LMU's 22 varsity sports and is the head trainer for the men's basketball team. He coordinates and supervises the physical therapy for each of the student-athletes at LMU.

In addition, Ellison has been a driving force behind LMU's development of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program. In its fifth year, the program has grown by the more than 20 students who work and earn credit hours in the athletic training room for the Lions. With Ellison's efforts, LMU student-athletes have more than 10 to 15 members of the athletics training staff, five of which are full-time staff members of the athletics department and another two are dedicated physical therapists.

"It has been very important for us in Athletics Training to develop an area that strives for the very best. That means the most advanced technology we can offer, the best care we can offer," said Ellison. "Having an injury or not feeling well is not fun in itself. We strive to make sure that everything we do makes the student-athletes feel at ease."

Ellison is a member of several committees and associations affiliated with athletic training, and has served on numerous advisory and search committees during his tenure at LMU. Ellison was appointed the athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Lakers Summer Pro League Mini-camp, the Magic Johnson Mid-Summer All-Star Charity Game, Pete Newell's Big Man Camps, United States Tennis Association and numerous other summer pro-leagues and summer camps in Southern California.

Ellison went on to earn his Masters of Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling in 2006.


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