5 final things you might not know about Jill Ellis

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Head coach Jill Ellis of the United States watches her team warm up before taking on Sweden in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jill Ellis, Winnipeg, Canada, June 12, 2015. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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.

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Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the first U.S. coach to win a World Cup since 1999:

 

1.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and composition from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in technical writing from North Carolina State.

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2.

She was an assistant coach for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams. Both won the gold medal.

Carli Lloyd displays her gold medals from the London (2012) and Beijing (2008) Olympics during a visit to the Universal Soccer Academy in Lumberton, N.J., on Aug. 14, 2012. (John Ziomek/Courier-Post)

Carli Lloyd with her gold medals from the London (2012) and Beijing (2008) Olympics. (John Ziomek/Courier-Post)

 

3.

Her first two games as a head coach ended in draws. When Pia Sundhage left for Sweden in the fall of 2012, Ellis was tapped as interim coach until the hiring of Tom Sermanni.

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.

 

4.

She was born in a small town near Portsmouth, England, but is a naturalized American citizen — as are her mother, father, and brother.

 

5.

She lives in Palmetto Bay, Fla., a suburb of Miami, with Betsy Stephenson, whom she married in 2013. They have a daughter, Lily.

Jill Ellis and Lily, 2014. (Miami Herald)

Jill Ellis and Lily, 2014. (Miami Herald)

 

 

 

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