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Atiyyah Ellison returns to Mizzou


Just days after stepping down from his head coaching position at Battle High School, Atiyyah Ellison announced he will be the Director of Player Development for the Mizzou football team.

The MU and NFL alum will be working with student-athletes to cultivate life skills, as they focus on their football career and their career after football.

“I’m blessed to be part of this program again,” Ellison said in a press release. “I’m grateful to Coach Drinkwitz for the opportunity to be part of the next chapter of Mizzou football, and to add to my professional experiences. I can’t wait to see our student-athletes continue to grow, on and off the field.”

Ellison was the head coach at Battle High School for two years. In that time he led the Spartans to back-to-back district championship appearances and a district title in 2020. Before his high school coaching career, Ellison played for the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and five other franchises in his six-year professional career.

He also played football for the Tigers in the early 2000s. As a defensive lineman, Ellison was a two-time All-Big 12 selection under head coach Gary Pinkel.

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Nathalie Jones

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