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World Cup-Winning Coach Jill Ellis Leaving Women's Soccer Team

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Ellis, who led the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to back-to-back wins, says the time is right to move on. 

The coach who led the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to back-to-back World Cup wins, Jill Ellis, is stepping down this October.

Ellis, who coached the USWNT to a World Cup win in France earlier this summer amid a media firestorm over disparaging tweets Donald Trump aimed at co-captain Megan Rapinoe, will go on to become an "ambassador" for the sporting federation after she exits as the team's coach in October.

"When I accepted the head coaching position this was the timeframe I envisioned," Ellis said, according to NPR.

"The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime," Ellis said. "I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them."

Ellis, 52, has coached the USWNT for five years beginning in 2014. Under her leadership, the team won 102 matches and lost seven.

"The timing is right to move on and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women's soccer. Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family this is the right moment."

Ellis has been married to Betsy Stephenson (a senior director in sports medicine at the University of Miami) since 2013. They have an adopted daughter.

Once the news of Ellis's stepping down was announced, the USNWT Twitter account ran a string of tweets in praise of her accomplishments with the team.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.