Jillian Anne Ellis (born 6 September 1966) is an English-American soccer coach and executive who is currently the president of the San Diego NWSL team. Ellis coached the United States women’s national soccer team from 2014 to October 2019 and won two FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2015 and 2019, making her the second coach to win consecutive World Cups. She stepped away from being USWNT’s head coach in October 2019 and currently serves as an ambassador for the United States Soccer Federation, with her focus being on working with the federation to help raise the number of women in coaching. She has also served as head coach for various college and United States national youth teams over her career.
Ellis did not play organised football until her family moved to the United States in 1981, as there was no organised football for girls in the UK in the 1970s. She captained the Robinson Secondary School team in Fairfax, Virginia to the 1984 state championship and won the under-19 national title with the Braddock Road Bluebelles the same summer.
Ellis has a USSF Pro coaching licence; with coaching experiences that includes multiple stints for the under-20 and under-21 national teams, and an impressive record as a UCLA Bruins coach. She is the Development Director of United States Soccer Federation. She served as assistant coach of the women’s national team, head coach of a number of women youth teams, and was the interim coach of the senior women’s national team in 2012, and for 2 matches in 2014. She was appointed the permanent head coach of United States women in May 2014.