Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will serve as the university-wide Commencement speaker in May 2022.
Ellis was the head coach of the national team for five years, from 2014-19. During her tenure, she won two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2015, 2019), earned two FIFA World Coach of the Year honors and coached 132 USWNT games – the most of any coach. She has the most wins in U.S. soccer history and is the only person to win back-to-back Women’s World Cups. She resigned the position in 2019 with a record of 106-7-19. She was previously head coach of the first Illinois women’s soccer team.
The speeches from previous Commencement speakers can be found in the Past Speakers archive.