18 Quick Facts About USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis
With the dust settling from the World Cup in Brazil for the U.S. Men's National Team, the next big tournament to revive soccer in the United States is the Women’s World Cup in Canada, which will take place in the summer of 2015. It's only 244 days away, but who is counting?
Pia Sundhage, the last coach to take the team to the World Cup, was much loved and arguably won of the most successful coaches of the franchise. Sundhage finished her five-year stint with two Olympic gold medals and a second place finish in the 2011 World Cup.
When news of her stepping down came, it was a hard pill to swallow for the program, and adequately enough, took U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati two years to find the person he believed best for the job.
That person goes by the name of Jill Ellis, who stepped in as interim coach after previous coach Tom Sermanni was fired back in April.
Ellis has a very impressive resume and I am excited to see where she takes the program.
Here are the 18 things you should know about the new leader of our women's national team:
1. Full name: Jillian Ellis
2. Daughter to John and mother Margaret Ellis, sister to Paul Ellis
3. Coaching is a family business: Her fathers reputation proceeds himself and has much to do with Jill’s success, her brother Paul is also a coach and now heads up the Soccer Academy her father started when he moved to the states
4. Birthday: September 16, 1966
5. Born in Portsmouth, England, U.K.
6. Moved to the States in 1981 at the age of 15
7. Went to College at William and Mary
8. Made third team All-American in 1987
9. She studied English Literature
10. Her first official soccer job was as an assistant coach at NC State from 1988-90
11. The team did made it to the Elite 8 all three seasons she was there. under her
12. Jill began Helping with the Women’s National program in 2000 for the U 21 team
13. Jill left her job as Development director for the U.S Soccer Federation
14. She will be the 8th head coach of the of the USWNT and the 4th woman
15. There was no women’s soccer while Ellis was in England
16. She assisted previous women’s national team coach, April Heinrichs at University of Maryland
17. Jillian Ellis is the third straight foreign-born coach of the U.S. women's national soccer team but the only one who is a naturalized American citizen.
18. She WILL bring home a victory from Canada in July!