Rory Dames names three new assistants for 2016 NWSL season
CHICAGO – The Chicago Red Stars have officially announced today that Bonnie Young, Brian Kibler and Jordi King will join head Coach Rory Dames as the coaching staff for the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season.Asst. Coach Bonnie Young
Bonnie Young comes back to the Red Stars as an assistant coach after playing for Chicago during the 2009 WPS season. After an outstanding playing career at Penn State, earning multiple All-Big Ten accolades, Young was drafted with the 14th overall pick in the 2002 W-USL Draft to the New York Power. Young spent several years in the professional ranks, including time with the New Jersey Wildcats where she helped guide the team to a W-League Championship in 2005. After four years with the Wildcats she would play for Sky Blue FC before eventually landing with the Chicago Red Stars.
In addition to her vast playing experience, Young brings over eleven years of collegiate coaching experience to the Red Stars. Young began her coaching career at Rhode Island University as an assistant coach for the 2004-2005 season, followed by five years at Monmouth University (New Jersey). Most recently, Young was the head coach at North Central College (Illinois), where she also served as the Director of the Strength and Conditioning Program. Since relocating to Illinois, Young has been the Senior Girls Director at NSA Premier, a Region II ODP Coach, and is still currently working as a U.S. Soccer Training Center coach.
“I couldn’t be more excited about returning to the Chicago Red Stars organization,” said Young. “It is an honor to work with a great Owner in Arnim Whisler and General Manager Alyse LaHue, who have been with the Red Stars since I played here. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to coach with Rory and the rest of the Red Stars coaching staff.”
Young holds a number of coaching qualifications, which includes a NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and a USSF “C” License.
Asst. Coach Brian Kibler
Brian Kibler joins the Red Stars with over 20 years of experience coaching. Currently the Director of Player Development and Programming for Eclipse Select S.C., Kibler has been a prominent youth coach in Illinois since 1995. Kibler currently holds a USSF “A” License, NCSAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF “Fitness 1” License.
Jordi King will be taking over as the team’s goalkeeper coach. A standout goalkeeper at U.C. Riverside, King played professionally overseas for Cardiff City (Europe) and Kispest Honved (Hungary), before returning to play in the MLS for Chivas USA and L.A. Galaxy.
After retiring from professional soccer, King began his coaching career with the UCLA Women’s Soccer program. Along with his current responsibility with the Red Stars, King is a scout for the U.S Women’s National Team and an assistant coach for the U-17 U.S. Women’s National Team, who recently won the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
The Chicago Red Stars will open the NWSL regular season on the road when they travel to the Houston Dash on Saturday, April 16. The team will kick-off at Toyota Park for their home opener on Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. (Central). All single game tickets are currently on sale now and can be purchased here or by calling 773-697-8699.