U.S. Soccer

Jill Ellis: Coaching Was in the Blood

John Ellis, the father of U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis, is a long-time soccer coach who has worked in countries all over the world. On the morning of the annual FIFA Gala Awards where Jill would be named the 2015 FIFA Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer, we sat down with two generations of Ellis’. Jill got into the family profession early and never looked back, all the while heading some excellent fatherly advice along the way.