After her second stint as interim manager in less than two years, Jill Ellis has reportedly been given the United States women's job on a permanent basis. The news was first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff and has since been confirmed by several other outlets.
Getting word Jill Ellis has been hired as USA women's head coach after serving interim role #uswnt Awaiting formal confirmation— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 15, 2014
Although U.S. Soccer has declined comment, they have scheduled a press conference for Friday where they are expected to make the announcement official.
Ellis is currently serving as the interim coach in the wake of Tom Sermanni's firing. She led to the United States to a 1-1 tie against Canada last week and went 5-0-2 during her previous interim run in 2012 when she took over for Pia Sundhage.
While Sermanni's dismissal was largely chalked up to reported culture clashes with the federation, Ellis should have no such issues. The former UCLA coach has been working for the USSF in some capacity since 2000 and has been the Development Director since 2011. Ellis was among the favorites to get the job last time, but pulled her name out of consideration for "personal reasons." Whatever those reasons were, they are apparently no longer an issue.