Jill Ellis’ tenure as United States women’s national team head coach came to a close with a victory and a draw in a pair of friendly matches against South Korea. That final win gave Ellis 106 in her career as U.S. head coach, setting a new record for the position. Tony DiCicco won 105 games as U.S. head coach.
On this week’s episode, Chelsey Bush and Jeff Kassouf discuss the highs and lows of Ellis’ time in charge, which included back-to-back World Cup titles. They also speculate on who might replace her as head coach and — perhaps more important — what that person needs to do right away, no matter who it is. As always, they take your questions at the end of the podcast.
- Part 1: A look back at Jill Ellis’ tenure, and why it speaks the professionalism of the coach and the players that they persevered after an attempted mutiny.
- Part 2 (13:13): Who should replace Ellis? And what’s the first thing they need to focus on?
- Part 3 (31:50): Reader questions
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