Jill Ellis named 2015 NSCAA Honorary All-American

Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. women’s national team that won the 2015 Women's World Cup, has been named an Honorary All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The NSCAA Honorary All-America award is presented to a person who, throughout their career on and off the field, has brought particular distinction to the sport of soccer.

Because of the women’s national team training camp, Ellis will be unable to attend the NSCAA All-America Luncheon Jan. 16 at the 2016 Convention in Baltimore and will accept the award by video. William & Mary coach John Daly, her coach during her collegiate playing career, will accept her award on her behalf.

“I wish I could be in Baltimore to accept the award in person, but of course, the pursuit of the next challenge on the field waits for no one and we have an important training camp in Los Angeles to prepare for Olympic qualifying,” Ellis said. “I remember accepting my All-American award as a player back in the olden days and it still means a lot to me, so to be recognized by the NSCAA, which has done so much great work for coaches and players over the years, is a tremendous honor."

Ellis was named the U.S. women’s national team head coach in May 2014 and led the United States to the 2015 Women;s World Cup title. She was named U.S. Soccer development director in 2010 and served as interim head coach in 2012 and again in 2014. The USA has lost only two of 46 games under Ellis -- a 3-2 loss to Brazil in December 2014 and 2-0 loss to France in February 2015. Ellis coached various the U.S. youth national teams and served as a national team assistant. She was head women’s coach at UCLA for 11 seasons during which the Bruins went to eight College Cups.

NSCAA CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel said, “Coach Ellis’ leadership helped the U.S. Women’s National Team succeed in one of its toughest World Cup’s ever. It’s a great pleasure to get to honor her for an entire career of soccer excellence.”
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