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Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D ’16

Two-Time World Cup Champion

Major: {{,English Literature and Composition}}

Former William & Mary women's soccer standout Jill Ellis '88, L.H.D. '16 has been at the helm of the last two World Cup titles. She's the first coach in Women's World Cup history to win back-to-back World Cup titles and just the second-ever to accomplish that feat in FIFA history. In May 2023, Ellis was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Jill played forward for the Tribe from 1984-1987 and the records she set for points and goals are still in the top 10 at William & Mary. She helped the Tribe to the NCAA tournament all four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1987.

Jill earned her degree in English literature and composition and has remained closely connected to W&M since graduating. In 2015, Tribe Athletics recognized her with the Tribe Champion for Life award. In 2016, she gave a moving Commencement address and was awarded an honorary degree. Then, on the heels of her second World Cup victory, Jill returned to her alma mater to participate in the 2019 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. 

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