Ellie Lemaire joined the staff of Arnold College at the University of Bridgeport in 1964, and coached the only undefeated women's basketball team in the school's history. Very active in officiating, Ellie was both basketball chairperson, and board chairperson of Southwest Connecticut's Board of Women Officials from 1963 to 1966, and was Officiating Coordinator of the Eastern District from 1967 to 1969. She was a rated official in basketball, volleyball and field hockey. In 1976, Ellie returned to her native Rhode Island to serve as Assistant Athletic Director for women at the University of Rhode Island. At the time of her retirement, Ellie was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
Ellie has been selected to Halls of Fame at the University of Rhode Island (1994), the University of Bridgeport (1990), the New Agenda/Northeast Women (1990), and Bristol, RI 1986. She also has been the recipient of many other honors and awards including the CAHPER Professional Award, the A.T. Cranston Award (R.I.), Outstanding Teacher Award (University of Bridgeport), Distinguished Service Award (New England College Athletic Conference), Administrator of the Year (National Association of College Women Athletic Administrators, District 1), the Katherine Ley Award (Eastern College Athletic Conference), and the University of Rhode island Administrative Excellence Award. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women.
An early and long time advocate of Tide IX, Ellie was selected as a consultant in sport equity matters for the Connecticut Department of Education and the University of Bridgeport. During her long tenure in athletic organizations, she was a member of the AIAW Executive Board, President of EAIAW and Rhode Island AIAW. Most recently, Ellie was a member of the NCAA Special Events Committee that makes selections for College and High School All-Star Teams.