For the first time since the United States captured the World Cup, coach Jill Ellis visited the College of William & Mary, from which she graduated in 1988.
Ellis was a standout forward on William & Mary’s soccer team. She helped lead the Tribe to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament , and she still ranks ninth in school history in points. As a senior, she was chosen as a third-string All-American.
On her return to campus, she recalled the huge pay cut she took to accept her first coaching job. “It was just one of those things that was about following your passion,” she told The Daily Press.
She also talked about the frenetic pace of her life since the World Cup; about tuning out her critics; and about dealing with the unrelenting pressures of coaching a team that’s always expected to finish first.
“I just kept my head down and stayed focused,” she says.