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World Cup-winning coach to address 2016 graduates

World Cup-winning coach to address 2016 graduates

WILLIAMSBURG — Jill Ellis has come a long way since her days as a student at the College of William and Mary.

When she arrived on campus in 1984, she was fresh out of high school in Northern Virginia where her British accent made her painfully shy, to the point of refusing to order at restaurants.

Ellis has returned to William and Mary with slightly more distinction than she brought with her as a freshman: The former Tribe soccer standout coached the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to a 2015 World Cup championship.

Ellis is the keynote speaker at Saturday's commencement ceremony.

Now, she points to a picture of herself hanging in Paul's Deli and says,...