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.
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.
Young holds a number of coaching qualifications, which includes a NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and a USSF “C” License.
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