Alma Mater: Toledo
Phillip Ely is in his second season as Quarterbacks Coach/Pass Game Coordinator for the Tiffin Dragons after being a defensive graduate assistant for the Iowa State Cyclones under Head Coach Matt Campbell.
Ely coordinated a pass attack that featured a freshman quarterback at the helm in his first season with Tiffin. Under the tutelage of Ely, Nick Watson completed 60.5% of his passes for 2,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Dragons set their season high for completion percentage with an incredible 21-27 (78%) performance against Michigan Tech on November 4. Tiffin set their season high for passing yards in a game on October 28, compiling 298 yards on 31 completions against Saginaw Valley State University.
Ely assisted Defensive Coordinator Coach John Heacock with the cyclone defense in 2016. Ely is a 2014 graduate of Toledo, where he led the Rockets to a 10-2 record and a victory in the Boca Raton Bowl as their starting quarterback.
Ely, who played two seasons at Toledo after transferring from Alabama, threw for 3,000 yards and 23 TDs against only 10 interceptions in his only full season as a starter in 2015. He missed the majority of his junior season (2014) after suffering a knee and shoulder injury.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Ely was a member of the Alabama football team for two seasons (2011-13), earning a pair of national championship rings under Head Coach Nick Saban. He played in six games as a backup QB for the Crimson Tide during the 2012 campaign.
Ely was recruited to Alabama after a decorated career at Plant High School in Tampa. He led Plant to three state championship games and walked away with a pair of Florida state titles and was named a U.S. Army All-American.