Jan. 19, 2001
Indianapolis, Ind. -- UCLA women's soccer coach Jillian Eliis received the highest honor in collegiate soccer on Friday when she was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) / adidas Coach of the Year at the NSCAA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
In only her second season as head coach at UCLA, Ellis guided the Bruins to their first-ever Final Four appearance in 2000, falling to North Carolina, 2-1 in the finals of the College Cup in San Jose. UCLA ended the season with its highest ranking in the eight-year history of the program as the Bruins finished at No. 2 in the final rankings with a 19-4-1 overall record.
Ellis, who is also the head coach the Under-21 U.S. National Team, is the first UCLA women's coach, and the first coach from the Pac-10, to receive this honor.
Past NSCAA / adidas National Coaches of the Year (Women Div. I) 1982 Anson Dorrance, North Carolina 1983 David Lombardo, Keene State College 1984 Philip Picince, Brown University 1985 Kalenkeni M. Banda, UMass 1986 Anson Dorrance, North Carolina 1987 Kalenkeni M. Banda, UMass 1988 Larry Gross, NC State 1989 Austin Daniels, Hartford 1990 Lauren Gregg, Virginia 1991 Greg Ryan, Wisconsin-Madison 1992 Bill Hempen, Duke 1993 Jac Cicala, George Mason 1994 Chris Petrucelli, Notre Dame 1995 Chris Petrucelli, Notre Dame 1996 John Walker, Nebraska 1997 Len Tsantiris, Connecticut 1998 Becky Burleigh, Florida 1999 Patrick Farmer, Penn State 2000 Jillian Ellis, UCLA