Thursday, January 6, 2011
Soccer: Coach Jillian Ellis leaves UCLA
By Blair Angulo
The UCLA women's soccer team announced the departure of 12-year coach Jillian Ellis and promotion of assistant B.J. Snow on Thursday, ending one of the most successful reigns in the sport's history.
Ellis leaves the school to become the Development Director for the U.S. youth national team. Snow coached under Ellis for the last five years and now has big shoes to fill.
Ellis was 229-45-14 (.819) in 12 seasons in Westwood, transforming the Bruins into a national power. She guided UCLA to seven straight NCAA College Cup appearances from 2003-09. The Bruins failed to make it eight straight last season, falling to top-ranked Stanford in the Sweet 16.
"Today is so bittersweet for me," Ellis said in a statement. "While I am excited and energized for the new challenges ahead with U.S. Soccer, it is also sad to depart an amazing university with so many wonderful friendships and memories. UCLA has been my home for the past 12 years, and college soccer my life for more than 21 years, but I am ready to help U.S. Soccer in its commitment to continue the evolution of the women’s game."
Snow, who played at Indiana in the late '90s, manned UCLA for a part of 2010 while Ellis coached the Under-20 U.S. women’s national team. He has also served as assistant for U.S. Soccer and has strong ties in the recruiting world.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to represent the UCLA family as the head women’s soccer coach," Snow said in the statement. "Over the last five years I have been very fortunate to have been exposed to the expectations of being a part of such a prestigious university and an athletic department that are both committed to excellence. My goal is to continue to create a vision that focuses on the excellence of performance and to provide an environment that will allow our student-athletes the best opportunity to reach their goals both on the soccer field and in the classroom. I would also like to thank Jill for all of her guidance and mentorship over the last five years and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor."