Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

U.S. Women’s National team coach Jill Ellis said she will step down from her role in October. She said it was time to move on.

She leaves the team nearly three weeks, according to the Associates Press, after her team won the World Cup in France. Ellis said she began thinking about stepping down at the beginning of the year, before waiting until after the tournament.

Former US Women's National team coach Jill Ellis attends a news conference at the Stade de Lyon before the World Cup finale
Jill Ellis attends a news conference at the Stade de Lyon before the World Cup finale (Photo by AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

“It’s obviously been a fantastic run, a fantastic ride,” she said.

Ellis said she is leaving the team to spend more time with her family. She was the leader of the team for more than five years.

While Ellis is leaving the team in a few months, she does not know what she’ll be doing next, according to the post.

“I just need to take a step back and take it all in and see what next intrigues me and piques my interest,” she told reporters on a conference call.

As the team’s head coach since 2014, she guided the team to two World Cup victories. She also guided the team to eight tournament wins.

The team lost just seven games under her tutelage.

She will be a part of the team’s Victory Tour that begins on Saturday against Ireland in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl. She will depart as coach on October.

Ellis will remain with US Soccer as an ambassador for at least one more year. Her contract was set to end at the conclusion of the World Cup with an option through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Now, the team begins their search for a new head coach. A new GM is also expected to be named soon, according to the story.

“Jill was always extremely passionate about this team, analytical, tremendously focused and not afraid to make tough decisions while giving her players the freedom to play to their strengths,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said in a statement. “She helped raise the bar for women’s soccer in the USA and the world, and given the history of this program, the level of success she achieved is even more remarkable.”

Besides Ellis, her assistant coach Tony Gustavsson is also departing the team. He was with the team for eight years.

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