Jill Ellis on The Pressure of Coaching the U.S. women's national soccer team
This week’s conversation is with Jill Ellis, the former head coach of the U.S Women’s National Team.
Jill is the all-time winningest coach in U.S. Soccer History. She led the team to World Cup victories in 2015 and 2019 and was twice named FIFA World Coach of the Year.
She completed her time with the National Team with a record of 106 wins, 7 losses, and 19 ties.
Previous to the National Team, she was the head coach of the women’s soccer team at UCLA for 12 years.
A few weeks back I had the fortune of speaking with one of Jill’s former players, Becky Sauerbrunn, who mentioned the inherent pressure that comes with playing on the National Team.
There are so many highly talented individuals vying for so few spots. Competition for playing time is through the roof. There is constant pressure to win.
I wanted to speak with Jill to better understand their culture and her process for managing – especially when the culture gets tested.
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