Ellen Needham
Ellen Needham
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: MIT '08

Ellen Needham returned to the MIT volleyball program in the fall of 2012 following a three-year career with women's team during which she helped the Engineers make two NCAA appearances, including a run to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Needham received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with minors in chemistry and management from MIT in 2008. After graduation she moved to Sri Lanka as the Sri Lanka Country Director for Emerge Global, a U.S.-based international nonprofit that empowers young women who have survived abuse, and afterwards returned to the United States to serve as Emerge Global's U.S. Country Director. Needham also spent time as a management and operations consultant prior to her current position at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education company based in Boston.

Originally from West Lafayette, Indiana, Needham attended William Henry Harrison High School where she was a three-year varsity volleyball team starter, captain, sectional champion, Indiana first-team academic all-state, Indiana first-team all-star, and Mental Attitude award winner. She was also a member of the Circle City club team in Indianapolis, where she developed as an outside, rightside and middle hitter.

Needham brings several strengths to the Engineers' coaching staff, including strong technical skills in the areas of hitting and defense and a passion for developing players to reach their full potential.