Rory Dames will be entering his tenth season at the helm of the Red Stars, after leading them to two league finals and a USASA’s National Women’s Cup triumph in 2012. The past five seasons Dames has guided the team to playoff contention and is looking to capture the title in 2020.
Dames also serves as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Chicago’s Eclipse Select Soccer Club, which consisted of three teams when the Illinois native took over in 1996 and today boasts over 50 male and female teams with more than 750 players ranging from ages 8-19.
Dames has led Eclipse Select to many accomplishments over the past ten years, including being recognized as the top girls soccer club in the nation by Soccer America in 2007 and 2008, as well as by NationalSoccerRanking.com in 2007. Over the years, Dames has lead the club to eight national championships, six national finals, eleven regional championships, 17 UYSA MRL championships and 37 Illinois State Cup championships.
Born and raised in Chicagoland, the Red Stars Head Coach played his high school soccer at St. Viator in Arlington Heights until graduating in 1991. Next, he went on to star for St. Louis University, winning several conference championships and making an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Dames then joined the Rockford Raptors for one professional season.
After his college career, Dames went on to coach not only Eclipse Select but also his high school alma mater. He would serve as Varsity Girls Head Coach at St. Viator for eight seasons (1997-2005) and guide his teams to seven conference championships and seven regional titles. Dames made five trips to the Elite Eight during his tenure at St. Viator, winning three state championships.
The man in charge of the Red Stars continues his work at the youth level, having turned Eclipse Select into one of the best known and most respected girls clubs in the nation. He also serves as the ID2 National Girls Director. Dames currently resides in Antioch, Illinois.
Scott Parkinson will enter his first season with the Red Stars after serving as the Assistant Coach of Utah Royals FC for two seasons. He helped the Royals win 19 games in two years, consistently fighting for a playoff appearance during his stint. Previously, he served as the head coach of the Rogers State University women’s soccer program for two years, leading the Hillcats to a runner-up finish in the Heartland Conference Tournament in 2017.
Julianne Sitch will enter her first year as a Red Stars Assistant coach. A former Red Stars player, Sitch’s career on the field spanned 13 seasons. She was a member of the Red Stars during the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season and rejoined Chicago for the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season in 2013. Following her retirement in 2015, Sitch was named an Assistant Coach for the University of Chicago women’s soccer team. She helped the Maroons reach the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Rade Tanaskovic (pronounced Rah-day Tah-NAS-KOV-itch) enters his second season as the goalkeeper coach for the Chicago Red Stars. Tanaskovic comes from the University of Iowa where he was primarily in charge of the goalkeepers. Over two seasons, Tanaskovic coached the goalkeeping unit to 14 shutouts and 17 wins. In his first season, the Hawkeyes returned to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in three years.
Prior to coaching the Hawkeyes, Tanaskovic spent time coaching collegiately with Louisville, Columbus State and Emmanuel College. At Louisville, the team earned 15 wins in two seasons and his starting goalkeeper, Taylor Bucklin, earned All-ACC selection.
Before jumping to the collegiate ranks he coached for FC Red Star, formerly ŽFK LASK, a club in Serbia’s top-level league, the Prva ženska liga.
Tanaskovic has also worked with the U.S. Soccer Federation over the past few years. Most recently he was a part of the coaching staff with U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team. Tanaskovic continued to work with rising stars at some youth training centers in the Atlanta and Cincinnati areas and has continued working with U.S. Soccer scouting for various age groups. He was the ODP South Region Goalkeeping Director.