Jill Ellis ’88 Named Development Director for U.S. Women’s National Teams
Chicago, Ill. - U.S. Soccer has appointed Jill Ellis ’88 Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, while former William and Mary assistant coach April Heinrichs was appointed as the Technical Director. The hirings mark the first time U.S. Soccer has appointed full-time positions to oversee the women's youth national team program and the programs’ overall development.
Ellis was a an All-American for the Tribe in 1987 and during her tenure in Williamsburg, Ellis and the College made four-straight NCAA appearances, advancing to the Elite Eight in 1987. Heinrich was an assistant coach for William and Mary during the 1987 season, her first coaching job after graduating from North Carolina.
“I am extremely pleased that April and Jill have joined our women’s national team program,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We have two vastly experienced coaches who have the knowledge and the tools to focus heavily on the development of girls’ soccer in the United States.”
Heinrichs and Ellis will work together to integrate all of the youth women’s and girls’ national teams, helping players and systems connect from one team to the next. They will also play major roles in leading the discussion on connecting the philosophies of the WNT head coach through all the youth national teams and especially to the massive amount of girls' youth clubs in the United States. Ellis especially will focus on the grassroots within the youth club environment to convey the goals and philosophies of player development in order to help produce quality players for the national team level.