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Tina Frimpong Ellertson steps down as assistant women’s soccer coach at University of Washington

Vancouver native will accept a yet-unannounced position closer to home

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

Tina Frimpong Ellertson has stepped down as an assistant coach of the women’s soccer at the University of Washington to accept a position closer to her home in Vancouver, the university announced Friday.

The university said Frimpong Ellertson’s new position will be announced at a later date, adding it would allow the Hudson’s Bay High graduate “to be closer to her home and family in Vancouver.”

A Pac-12 Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players in program-history, Frimpong Ellertson returned to Montlake in 2020 as part of Van Dyke’s first coaching staff at UW.

In her first season coaching at Washington in 2020, Frimpong Ellertson helped the Huskies making their sixth Sweet Sixteen appearance and first since 2014. During her three seasons on staff, the Huskies collected a record of 26-18-11.

“Over the past three years Tina has made a tremendous impact on our program and across the department,” head coach Nicole Van Dyke said. “She is an unbelievable human, a proud women’s soccer alum and a dear friend. I am so grateful to have worked with her, and alongside her, and so appreciative of all that she has done to support and serve our women.

“Tina is a mentor, a belief-builder, and someone that leads with positivity and inspiration – a benchmark for all of us. She will surely be missed on Montlake, but we are so happy for her and her family.”

Last month, Frimong Ellertson’s daughter, MacKenzie Primpong Ellertson announced she would play for the University of Washington next fall as a graduate transfer from Washington State. MacKenzie Primpong Ellertson is a former standout at King’s Way Christian where her mother was the head coach before moving to the University of Washington.