The coach of the US Women’s National Team who led the team to back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup titles, Jill Ellis, will step down in early October, US Soccer announced on Tuesday.
Ellis will remain with the team through its five-game “Victory Tour,” which begins Saturday against Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis said in a statement. “I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.”
Ellis is the first coach in history to win two women’s World Cup titles, capping her career with the team’s thrilling performance this summer in France, where the Americans went undefeated and beat the Netherlands 2-0 win for the title.
The US Women’s National Team tweeted, “For everything, she has done and everything she has meant to this program we say, THANK YOU.”