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Susan Ellis

Susan Ellis played at the high school, college and national team levels and now she competes in over-50 leagues. Her passion for playing soccer has led to a career in coaching, where she has successfully coached, taught and mentored thousands of girls of all ages and levels. A natural athlete, Susan was recruited to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her freshman year, she helped lead UNC to win the first AIAW National Championship. With the formation of the NCAA National Championship in her sophomore year, Susan led the Tar Heels to three consecutive national championships, captaining the team in her senior year. After graduation, she was selected to the USA Women’s National Team in 1984 and coached with the Raleigh Wings professional team, which won USL Division 1 national championships in 1998 and 1999, and with the Carolina Courage professional team, which moved from last place in 2002 to champion in 2003 of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). Susan presently teaches and coaches at Durham Academy, where she has led the girls’ team to five conference championships.

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