Former William & Mary women's soccer standout Jill Ellis '88, L.H.D. 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. Jill played forward for the Tribe from 1984-1987 and ranks ninth in career points with 83, while earning Third Team All-America honors during her senior season. 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. On the heels of her second Word Cup Victory, Jill returned to her alma mater to participate in the 2019 Homecoming Weekend. In 2016, she served as speaker at the Commencement ceremony and was awarded an honorary degree. In 2015, Tribe Athletics recognized her with the Tribe Champion for Life award.
Learn more about Jill
- Watch Bold Moments: A Conversation with Jill Ellis and President Rowe.
- Watch Jill's 2016 Commencement address.
- Read a feature about Jill in the W&M Alumni Magazine.