US women National team coach Jill Ellis has received “The Best” award for best coach of the year, after making history with the US team. The USWNT boss, who is stepping down at the end of the team’s current victory tour, became the first coach to win the tournament for a second time, having also led the Americans to glory in the 2015 edition in Canada.
The British-born American coach oversaw a team of stars including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan to help America to their second successive World Cup triumph after her team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the final in Lyon.
The 53-year-old former USWNT gaffer triumphed ahead of England’s Phil Neville, and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman to win the award. “On picking up her award, Ellis said: ‘I would like to thank my spectacular players they are truly amazing they are the best. As a coach, without the talent, the dedication and the commitment of my players this would not be possible
‘I would also like to thank my staff for keeping my team together, fit and healthy.’
Ellis was handed the award by two-time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho as the sport’s biggest stars came together on the night.