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Name Jill Ellis
Gender Female
Ethnic American
Job American Soccer Coach
  USA head coach
Desc Jill Ellis is an openly gay married woman. Ellis was largely absent from the discussion as players challenged the federation over equal pay, no matter the sizable discrepancy between her salary and that of former men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann


Org USA Women National Team

2016 01 16 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis reflects on the impact Abby Wambach had on football in USA before retiring] Abby in many ways changed the game for us in the USA. The goal in 2011, our country just got behind it. It was such an amazing moment in sport in our country; it kind of put women’s football back on the map in America

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis speaks about her entry into coaching] I never actually wanted to be a coach. I went to college to play some football and get an education. I then went off on a different tangent and worked in the business world for a couple of years as a technical writer [for a telecoms company]. I got a call to go and do an assistant [coaching] job at a university. I took a jump and a leap of faith. It spiralled since then and I have been able to make a career out of it

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis reacts to seeing USA drawn in the same group with Sweden for the fifth consecutive tournament] Obviously we have a familiar foe in Sweden. It’s a good group and I’m excited to get this thing started!

2019 06 17 Retrieve

[Emily Sonnett, Allie Long and Jessica McDonald were the three subs Ellis used off the bench, so after 180 minutes of play, the U.S. has used all 20 field (non-goalkeeper) players on its roster. After the match, Ellis talked about spreading the minutes around] We need them. We need them in a good place. If they can have minutes and their butterflies are out of the way, it helps us down the line

2019 06 28 Retrieve

[Women’s World Cup recap - U.S. beats France 2-1 on two Megan Rapinoe goals] The surge of momentum from the fans, at times it was a tsunami […] That is the most intense match I’ve ever been a part of. As much as we were celebrating this win, I just reminded them we’re just getting warmed up. We’re on a mission. You’ve got to let players enjoy this moment tonight because I think that was a gritty win for us. We’ll let them sleep and then back together tomorrow

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis to step down as USWNT head coach] The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime. I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them

2019 07 30b Retrieve

I think it is one of the most challenging jobs. You’ve got to make sure you’re listening to the people that are important to listen to. And then everything else, you kind of have to tune out and do your thing

[Born in England, she cheered on local side Portsmouth and Manchester United. She watched her dad coach and her brother play but had few options of her own] I had to leave my home country to go and experience the game. It’s delightful that these countries are now actively supporting women’s football

The advice I would give the next person is to do it their way. Make sure you do it in the way you want to do it. Because that’s very much how I felt

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[USA Women coach Jill Ellis on Rose Lavelle] I’ve had the privilege of knowing Rose for a long time now and she’s a joy. She’s actually one of the best players in the air. She’s got a lot of tools in her toolbag - and her head is growing massively right now

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[USA Women coach Jill Ellis on Megan Rapinoe] I think almost the bigger the spotlight, the more she shines. Sometimes spotlights can burn people but for Megan it just highlights who she is

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis gives a motivational talk to the Miami Dolphins] Doesn’t matter what sport you play … winners play with heart, always

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis on life after her USA role] I feel that I’m too young to retire. I love the game, so I would love to be connected to the game in some way. What that will be, I don’t know yet. I haven’t really thought it through. I have two more games, and then I will pause and see what happens. Soccer is such a great part of my life; I cannot image not staying connected to it

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Jill Ellis speaks after managing her last game as USA’s all-time most successful head coach] It’s a sense of feeling like it’s a story written and it’s a chapter closed and it’s on to other things. But it’s been an unbelievable journey

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[U.S. Soccer has announced that Julie Ertz has been voted the 2019 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year] Julie was such a critical part of our success this summer. It’s wonderful that she’s being recognized in this way. She’s always a consummate professional regardless of the environment. Whether it’s in training, national team games or in the NWSL, she always brings a level of professionalism, effort and talent

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Former USA women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis accepts her Women’s Soccer Award of Excellence at the United Soccer Coaches Convention] The last time I got an award at this event, it was 2000. And you know what? I didn’t want to come. I didn’t want to come get that award because I was a very shy, pretty insecure person. It was hard to be a gay woman and not feel that great about it. So, I hid a lot. And boy, when they called me about this one, I was like, ‘Oh hell yeah, I’m going to stand up there and take that award