United States Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis will step down from her role in October, the team validated on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old coach led the United States to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. Ellis is the second coach in soccer history to win consecutive World Cups, the other person to have done something like that is Italian coach Vittorio Pozzo. Ellis has also coached more games than any coach in USWNT history.
Ellis reportedly declined her mutual choice with the USWNT for the 2020 Olympics. She took over as the USWNT’s head coach in 2014 and replacing Tom Sermanni.
Ellis is expected to coach five more games with the USWNT as they complete their World Cup victory tour.
“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these exceptional ladies has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis stated in a statement on Tuesday. “I want to thank and praise them for their dedication and passion to not solely win championships however also increase the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will comply with them. I want to really thank the world-class coaches and team of workers with whom I’ve had the privilege to work – they are quintessential specialists and even better people.”
No replacement has been named for Ellis. The USWNT will head to Tokyo in July 2020 for the Summer Olympics. U.S. Soccer will also want to employ a general manager that will determine the next coach.