In 2019, Jill Ellis became the first coach to win two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles. One year later, the former USWNT head coach is committed to unlocking opportunities for the female coaches who look to follow in her footsteps. On this week’s episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast, Ellis joins hosts Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies to discuss U.S. Soccer’s newly launched Jill Ellis Scholarship Fund and the SheChampions Mentorship Program, initiatives aimed to directly target and tackle the barriers women face when getting into or advancing in coaching.

The all-time wins leader among USWNT coaches, Ellis speaks on the need to dramatically increase the number and visibility of female coaches, and how networking and mentorship have evolved since she began her own coaching journey.

While expanding on her current work as a mentor and advocate, Ellis also reflects on her own coaching career, and the individuals and experiences that shaped her. Ellis sheds light on how she sought to grow members of her staff and the need to find new ways to motivate and engage players.


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Ep. 18 Former USWNT Defender Stephanie Cox October 2
Ep. 17 Former USMNT Defender Marcelo Balboa September 18
Ep. 16 Former USMNT Defender Oguchi Onyewu September 11
Ep. 15 Former USWNT midfielder Shannon Boxx August 28
Ep. 14 USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter August 21
Ep. 13 USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard August 14
Ep. 12 Former USWNT Forward Mia Hamm July 31

Ep. 11

Former USMNT Defender Tony Sanneh

July 24

Ep. 10

USWNT Midfielder Sam Mewis

July 17

Ep. 9

Former USMNT Midfielder Robbie Rogers

July 3

Ep. 8

Former USWNT Midfielder Lori Lindsey

June 26

Ep. 7

U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Earnie Stewart

June 19

Ep. 6

Virtual Roundtable on Racism with Crystal Dunn, Cobi Jones, Jessica McDonald and Zack Steffen

June 12

Ep. 5

U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Chiampas

June 5

Ep. 4

USMNT Midfielder Tyler Adams

May 29

Ep. 3

FIFA Referee Katja Koroleva

May 22

Ep. 2

USMNT General Manager Brian McBride

May 15

Ep. 1

USWNT General Manager Kate Markgraf

May 8



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