W&M alum Jill Ellis named Women's FIFA World Coach of the Year

Jill Ellis wins Women's FIFA World Coach of the Year

United State's women's national team coach Jill Ellis was awarded the Women's FIFA World Coach of the Year in Zurich on Monday.

The women's awards were won by U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and English-born coach Jill Ellis, an alumnus of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

Lloyd stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.

At first unable to speak with emotion, Lloyd was loudly applauded as she prepared to begin her acceptance speech.

"I honestly wouldn't be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates," said Lloyd, who made the three-player shortlist for the first time at age 33.

Lloyd beat Aya Miyama of Japan and Celia Sasic of Germany. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired aged just 27.

Ellis won the coaching award in women's football ahead of two men: Japan coach Norio Sasaki and Mark Sampson, who led England to third place at the World Cup.

The American women's team last won the 2012 awards after its Olympic title, when forward Abby Wambach and Swedish coach Pia Sundhage were rewarded.

Ellis has compiled a 29-2-9 overall record, including two stints as interim head coach in 2012 and 2014.

The Olympics qualifying tournament for North America and Central America likely won't be until January.

Ellis, a 1988 William and Mary graduate, starred for the Tribe at forward, finishing her career with 32 goals and 19 assists.

Ellis helped William and Mary to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons in Williamsburg while earning Third Team All-America honors her senior year.

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