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Jill Ellis Named US Women’s National Team Head Coach

courtesy of espn.go.com

courtesy of espn.go.com

On Friday Jill Ellis was named the new Head Coach of the US Women’s National Team. Ellis had been the interim coach of the USWNT since Tom Sermanni was fired in early April. This was the second time Ellis had been named interim coach of the team. The first time was in late 2012 with the departure of Pia Sundhage who left to become the coach for the Sweden Women’s National Team. 

Ellis has been involved with any variation of the USWNT since the year 2000. She also has served as an assistant to three colleges as well as the head coach for two separate colleges as well. Her tenure has a head coach has been very impressive. While coaching at the University of Illinois and UCLA she compiled an all-time record of 248-63-14 (win-loss-tie) in fourteen years. Ellis also has been the United States Soccer Federation Development Director since 2010.

Her first go around as interim coach began in October of 2012 after the departure of Sundhage. Ellis served as an assistant to Sundhage at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In the two months that she was the interim coach she compiled a record of 5-0-2. On January 1, 2013 Sermanni was announced as the new head coach while Ellis went back to an assistant role with the team.

As I mentioned before she has been involved a long time with the USWNT and I believe this is a good decision that the USSF made in removing the interim tag from Ellis. Not only does it give the team stability but it also makes it less of a hassle for the players to learn a new system and coach with the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifying beginning in October 2014. I also believe that she already has the respect of the players in the locker room and that will go a long way.

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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