Jill Ellis is stepping down as coach of the United States women’s national team after winning a second consecutive World Cup title earlier this summer. Ellis became one of two coaches in history to win back-to-back World Cup tournaments. She is the first coach in more than 80 years to do it and the first on the women’s side.
Ellis’ contract was set to expire this week and she declined her end of a mutual option to extend the contract through the 2020 Olympics while U.S. Soccer Federation announced her resignation Tuesday afternoon. Ellis will make her official exit in October, after winning 102 games and losing only seven.
The native of England has coached the U.S. since 2014 and will remain on until October and coach the USWNT on its five-game victory tour, which begins Saturday.
"When I accepted the head coaching position this was the timeframe I envisioned," Ellis said in a statement from U.S. Soccer.
"The timing is right to move on and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women's soccer," she said. "Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family this is the right moment."