Jill Ellis named head coach of US Women's National Team

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Jill Ellis has been named head coach of the USWNT. (Getty Images)

Former assistant Jill Ellis has been officially named head coach of the United States Women's National Team, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced Friday.

Ellis, 47, was expected to be named to the post after serving as an assistant at various levels of women's soccer and an interim head coach. She will be replacing Tom Sermanni, who was abruptly fired earlier this year after just 15 months on the job.

"I'm humbled and proud to lead the current generation of players toward the ultimate goal, a FIFA World Cup championship," Ellis said in a release.

Gulati cited Ellis' extensive experience as a catalyst for the decision.

"We are confident she is the best person to find the right combinations on the field to make us successful in World Cup qualifying and beyond," Gulati said. "She has experienced first-hand the growth of women's soccer worldwide and is uniquely positioned to lead our team to an even higher level."

Ellis' first match as head coach will be June 14 against France in Tampa.

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