May 17, 2014 in Sports

Jill Ellis named coach of US women’s national team

Associated Press
 

Jill Ellis has been named the U.S. national soccer team coach in the run-up to the women’s World Cup next year in Canada.

Ellis has been the interim coach since Tom Sermanni was surprisingly dismissed in early April after an exhibition victory against China.

It was Ellis’ second stint as an interim coach with the team. Ellis also took over when previous head coach Pia Sundhage resigned in 2012 to become head coach of Sweden’s national team.

Ellis was an assistant to both Sermanni and Sundhage. She was on the staff of the gold medal-winning U.S. teams at the Beijing and London Olympics.

The 47-year-old coach, who is well respected among national team players, has had a lengthy coaching career, including 12 seasons at UCLA.

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