New Coach Press Release

LaFayette High School is pleased to announce the hiring of
Coach Paul Ellis as the school’s new head football coach.

Ellis, 50, comes to LHS from Fort Payne H.S. in Fort Payne,
Alabama, where he has been the head coach for the last
fourteen seasons. At Fort Payne, Ellis’ teams won almost 70
percent of their games, including four seasons with only one
loss. His teams won 109 games and lost only 48 and amassed
six region championships, missing the playoffs only two times
in the fourteen years he spent there. He served as the head
coach in the Alabama High School All-Star game in 2011 and is
the son of longtime Alabama high school coach Nelson Ellis. He
is the winningest coach in Fort Payne High School history. Ellis
has been a coach and teacher for 28 years, and also served as
head coach at Valley Head and Section High Schools earlier in
his career. He and his wife Kelly have two children, a son
graduating this year at FPHS and a daughter currently in 8th
grade. Coach Ellis will begin teaching at LaFayette in about two

“We feel very fortunate to have a coach the caliber of Coach
Ellis. He’s a proven winner and comes highly recommended by
everyone who worked with him at Fort Payne. We had 115
applicants for this position and he emerged over the interview
process as the best fit to lead our football program into the
future.” – (Mr. Tracy Hubbert, Principal, LaFayette H.S.)