To win the 2015 World Cup Championship, the United States Women’s National Team would have to endure the longest and the largest Cup in history — one month against 24 countries. They did more than endure; they dominated, defeating Japan 5–2 in the highest-scoring World Cup final in history. It was the team’s first World Cup championship in 16 years. The team’s head coach? William & Mary alumna Jill Ellis.
Prior to her victory at the World Cup, Jill was an All-American soccer player at William & Mary. During her illustrious coaching career, she served as head coach at UCLA, where she led the women’s soccer team to eight NCAA Final Fours; as development director of the United States Soccer Federation, the first full-time director to oversee overall development of the national women’s youth teams; and was the head coach of the U.S. under-21 women’s national soccer teams.
“William & Mary not only set me up for success, but also taught me the value of preparing others for the same.”
Head coach of the 2015 World Cup champion U.S. National Women's Soccer Team Jill Ellis '88 discusses the meaning of the scholarship she received at William & Mary.