Rory Dames will be entering his fifth season at the helm of the Red Stars, after leading them to two league finals and the U.S. National Cup Championship in 2012. He also serves as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Eclipse Select Soccer Club in Chicago, Illinois. The club only consisted of three teams when he joined in 1996, and today serves as a full service club consisting of over 50 male and female teams with more than 750 players ranging from ages 8-19.
As the Eclipse Select Soccer Club Director of Coaching and Player Development, Dames has led the club to many successes over the last 10 years. In 2007 the Eclipse Select Soccer Club was named the #1 best girls soccer club in the nation by Soccer America and National Soccer Ranking.com. In 2008 Soccer America named Eclipse the #1 girls club in the nation for the second year in row. These recognitions come as a result of a strong 2006 season (four teams qualifying for nationals) but also a strong club history. Over the years Dames has lead the club to numerous accomplishments including eight national championships, six national finalists, 11 regional championships, 17 UYSA MRL championships, and 37 Illinois State Cup championships. The success of the club has come as a result of Dames long history of ambition, talent, and hard work both as a player and a coach.
Native to Chicago, Dames played High School Soccer at St. Viator in Arlington Heights where he graduated in 1991. After graduation he went on to play soccer at St. Louis University where his team won several conference championships and made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. After college, Dames played professionally for the Rockford Raptors for one season.
Subsequent to his playing career, Dames turned to coaching not only for the Eclipse but for his high school alma mater. Dames was the varsity girls head coach at St. Viator for eight seasons (1997-2005) where he guided his teams to seven conference championships and seven regional titles. Dames made five trips to the Elite Eight during his tenure at St. Viator, and won three state championships.
Dames continues to lead his teams to success making the Eclipse one of the most well known and respected girls clubs in the country. The club has won numerous national level tournaments and continues to compete at a high level. Dames is currently coaching several Eclipse teams in some of the most prestigious youth soccer events in the country including the USYSA National League and the Red Bull National League.
Dames also serves as the ID2 National Girls Director. He currently resides in Antioch, Illinois.
1st Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach
Trae Manny returns as the Red Stars Goalkeeper Coach, after serving in this role the past 3 seasons. Manny competed collegiately at Louisville, then went on to work as an assistant coach for the women’s team at Stephen F. Austin State University for two years, followed by two years at the University of Oklahoma. He returned to his native Illinois last year to serve as the Head of Senior Goalkeeping for Eclipse Select Soccer Club. He holds an NSCAA Goalkeeping II Diploma as well as a NSCAA Regional Diploma.
Second Assistant Coach
Lavers is entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Red Stars. He has led teams to National Final Fours at five different levels – the WPSL Final Four, the W-League Final Four, the ECNL National Finals, the USYS National Championships, and the USASA National Championships. Currently, Lavers is the Director of Coaching for FC Wisconsin Eclipse.
In 2006, Lavers helped lead Eclipse Select to 2 USYS National Championships (U-15 and U-17) and a USYS National Final (U-18). In 2010, he led the FC Milwaukee WPSL team to the Midwest Conference championship and WPSL Final Four. In 2011, Lavers’ U-18 girls team became the first Wisconsin team (boys or girls) to win a USYS National Championship. In 2013, his FC Wisconsin Eclipse U23 team advanced to the ECNL National Championship match.
Lavers has worked as an assistant coach with multiple US Soccer Youth National Teams and holds the USSF “A” License, the USSF “Y” License, and the NSCAA Premier Diploma. He also teaches the NSCAA/US Club Soccer “Director of Coaching” course. Lavers is the President of the Elite Clubs National League and the Executive Vice President of US Club Soccer.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Cherlyne Carlos, ATC,
Head Athletic Trainer
Robert Smith, DC; Dr. Michael Calcagno