July 30, 2019 / 7:10 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer-Ellis to step down as head coach of U.S. women's team

July 30 (Reuters) - Jill Ellis, who led the U.S. women’s national soccer team to consecutive World Cup victories, will step down as head coach in early October, U.S. Soccer said on Tuesday.

Ellis, 52, said her decision to step aside as coach of the reigning World Cup champions after its victory tour was in line with the timeline she envisioned when she was first named to the job in May 2014.

“The timing is right to move on and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women’s soccer,” Ellis, who has a record of 102-7-18, said in a statement. “Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family this is the right moment.” (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto Editing by Peter Graff)

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