Ellen Nordgren's first three seasons as head coach at Hood College have seen the Blazers reach unprecedented heights in the program's history.
In her second season, Hood won 10 matches, the first double-digit win season for the Blazers since 2006, but the team was only getting started.
In 2015, Hood won a school-record 20 matches and earned the program's first conference tournament bid since 2006. The Blazers had the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth Rookie of the Year and produced the first year of multiple all-conference selections in nine years.
Also known as Coach Fish, Nordgren joined the Blazer volleyball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2010 season and was promoted to a part-time assistant in 2011. In 2013, Hood earned its first MAC victory since joining the conference with a five-set thriller match victory at Alvernia University, earning a spot in the annual MAC cross-over tournament for the 2014 season.
Originally from Dearborn, Mich., Coach Fish has served as a volleyball instructor and coach for 21 years. A three-year varsity starter at defensive specialist and setter at the University of Michigan Dearborn from 1995-98, Coach Fish was a two-time all-section pick and earned all-region recognition in 1998. During her four years at UM-Dearborn, she served as a varsity assistant coach at Dearborn High School.
Her previous head coaching experience includes stints with the Victors Volleyball Club and at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Mich., as well as the FCV Tri-State Volleyball Club in Hagerstown and Metro American Volleyball Club - North Region in Ijamsville. Coach Fish also served as a guest skills coach at Herndon High School in Herndon, Va., in addition to serving as the head youth clinic instructor for the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. She also served as head clinic instructor for the Frederick Area Volleyball Organization (FAVOR) and Mid-Atlantic Volleyball (MAV). In the offseason, Coach Fish provides private volleyball training and is the director for the Blazer Volleyball Summer Camp Series.
In 2004, Coach Fish was tabbed the Queen of the Court by the Maryland School for the Deaf at the Washington D.C. women's pro volleyball tour. She participated in the Scotland Open Tournament in 2004 and was named the most valuable player at the 2006 North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT) nationals. Coach Fish was named to the all-tournament team at the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association (CHRVA) Tournament from 2003-05, and again in 2010. She traveled to Spain and Portugal as part of the spring exposure tour with BringIt Promotions, Inc. She also participated in USA Volleyball Nationals for more than 12 years at the women's club AA and A levels.
"Coaching is my passion, and I realized long ago that this role provides me the ultimate opportunity to give back to a sport that has given me so much. Coaching offers me a way to positively impact the lives of others. Earning the position as head coach at Hood College is a dream come true. The experiences I have had, the coaches who have challenged me, and the connections and friendships created have all shaped me into the person/coach I am today. Of course, none of this could have been achieved without the support of my parents, family, friends, teammates, players and coaches. For that, I will be forever grateful."
Coach Fish received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Michigan Dearborn in August 1999. She is employed full-time at the Southern Research Institute as a supervisor of data management. Coach fish resides in Maryland with her husband David, sister Margaret, and children Ruby, Ioane adn Desmond.