Jill Ellis is the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year. The award was announced on Monday at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich, Switzerland.
Ellis guided the U.S. to the 2015 World Cup title in Canada.
“This certainly represents a whole lot of people,” Ellis said on stage. “So, certainly to my players, our captains, the staff back in the U.S. right now, it’s my sincere gratitude for your commitment and your effort and your belief in this team. And I really, truly believe this is a team award.”
Also on Monday, U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd was named 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
Ellis beat out Japan coach Norio Sasaki and England coach Mark Sampson by a considerable margin.
Jill Ellis secured 42.98% of all votes ahead of Norio Sasaki (17.79%) & Mark Sampson (10.68%). #BallondOr
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) January 11, 2016
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