Jill Ellis to Step Down as HC of the USWNT Come October

By Sean McCaffery, August 1, 2019

All she did was win-win-win as her 102-7-18 record reflects, but she was one of the more embattled coaches in the history of the program. Yes she did tinker with the lineups a lot but in the end the results speak for themselves. In just over 5 years she has the most games coached for the best team on the planet, following the Victory Tour, she will no longer be at the helm but will still be involved. She is not up for the new GM position that is being created, that selection is due now, but Ellis will now be an Ambassador for the program. After the GM is set the selection of a new coach will be initiated. Jill stated," The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime."  As for those who question the timing of her departure she informed " When I accepted the head coaching position, this was the timeframe I envisioned". Her ambassadorship will go at least a year as she will represent the USSF at many and varied events and speaking opportunities. USSF Pres. Carlos Cordiero spoke well of her, " The US Soccer Federation and the sport in general owes Jill a debt of gratitude."  She lead the team to eight titles, The Algarve Cup & World Cup in '15, the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifiiers, SheBelieves CUp all in 2016, 2018 saw then take the SheBelieves Cup, Tournament of Nations and Concacaf WOmen's Championship and finally this most recent World Cup. 79 players were called into her camps with 56 being capped, for 28, fully half, it was their first. Named the 8th coach in team history on May 14,2014 just over a year later she brought home the 2015 World Cup. In claiming this 2019 Cup, their last 5 opponents were the top 5 in the world, the fact it was on their European land makes it that much more impressive. All 20 field players saw playing time, unheard of in a tourney such as this. 2015 had her named the FIFA World Coach of the Year and Concacaf Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer. Her history of service to USSF is as follows: Developmental Director for USSF, YNT's, asst to WNT, coach at the U-16, 20 & 21 teams and a scout all in her 20 yeares of service.