With a World Cup to her credit, Jill Ellis, the 48-year-old coach of the U.S. women’s team just signed a new multiyear contract. Terms were not disclosed, but it’s believed that the contract will keep her in the job at least through the 2019 World Cup in France, and possibly through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the first U.S. coach to win a World Cup since 1999:
She made her debut on Oct. 20, 2012, in a match against Germany in Bridgeview, Ill. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. Three days later, the sides met again in East Hartford, Conn. That game ended in a 2-2 draw.
The team won its next nine games, a streak that wasn’t broken until March 11, 2013, with a 1-1 draw against Sweden in the Algarve Cup.
She was born in a small town near Portsmouth, England, but is a naturalized American citizen — as are her mother, father, and brother.
She lives in Palmetto Bay, Fla., a suburb of Miami, with Betsy Stephenson, whom she married in 2013. They have a daughter, Lily.