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A Champion Returns

September 19, 2019
By Claire De Lisle M.B.A. ’21

This July, the nation celebrated with Head Coach Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16 as she led the U.S. Women's National Team to a championship win at the 2019 FIFA World Cup. Now, on the heels of her victory tour, Ellis is returning to William & Mary for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2019. 

Everyone is invited to join Ellis at the following Homecoming events:

Homecoming Parade
Friday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m.
Along Richmond Road
Cheer on Ellis and all our student, alumni and community participants! Enjoy fun floats and engaging live commentary at this traditional Homecoming event. You can also watch the live stream on the W&M Alumni Facebook page.

Bold Moments: A Conversation with Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16 and President Rowe
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.

Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
Get insights from the two-time World Cup champion head coach as she sits down with President Katherine Rowe to talk about the bold moments that led to the team’s victory, coaching philosophies and the importance of athletics in helping students thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Football Game: W&M vs. JMU
Saturday, Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m.
Zable Stadium
Homecoming football game tickets are available for all Tribe alumni, fans and friends at, where you can also view the livestream. The game will also be broadcast on local Cox and Comcast stations.

Throughout the weekend, Ellis will also be meeting with the Women's Soccer Team, participating in the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society initiation and thanking scholarship donors.

Interested in learning more about the future of W&M Athletics? Join the lively Tribe Talks discussion with student-athletes and staff — and moderated by Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge — on Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Suite at Zable Stadium. You won't want to miss this opportunity to celebrate William & Mary champions and our bold vision for the future.

Check out the full schedule for more great signature and community events.