Ruling Sports
Ruling Sports
Dec 12, 2022
18. Jill Ellis - Winningest Coach In American Soccer History On Finding The Confidence To Enter Unprecedented Arenas
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106 wins.

Two World Cup tournament victories.

The winningest coach in American soccer history.

It is hard to imagine that with all Jill Ellis has achieved in her soccer career, she grew up in a time when there were no organized soccer opportunities for girls.

Coach Ellis joins us the Ruling Sports Podcast to discuss her storied career, and how now, after leaving coaching, she is working to pave new opportunities for women in sport business and personal finance.

In this episode, Coach Ellis discusses:

· The virtue of persistence; and

· The benefit of seeking out moments that make you uncomfortable

In this lens, she tells listeners of the confidence she carried going into unprecedented arenas and provides advice for how women can navigate male dominated spaces.

Coach Ellis also provides important career advice for all listeners, highlighting:

· How she came to pursue her passion for coaching over a safe career and steadier paycheck as a technical writer;

· The mindset she adopted that allowed her to take career risks; and

· Why a personal commitment to treating others well limits the actual risk in pursuing bold career goals

She also pulls back the curtain on her coaching philosophy, explaining the approach and coaching strategy that propelled her success.

Finally, Coach Ellis tells us what she’s up to now as the President of San Diego Wave FC, and what motivated her to leave the pitch for the front office. She also discusses why she’s partnering with TIAA to bring awareness to the retirement pay gap and the positive trends she sees as it relates to women’s soccer players and finance.

This is an incredible listen for soccer fans and individuals seeking motivation to pursue their truest passions and callings. Coach Ellis provides applicable, meaningful advice to boldly pursue the highest of goals.

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