TECHNICAL STAFF

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CHRIS PETRUCELLI

Head Coach

Petrucelli is a two-time National Coach of The Year award winner and an NCAA Championship Coach. In 31 years, Petrucelli compiled a 427-182-54 record giving him the seventh highest winning percentage among Division I coaches and ranks seventh overall in victories among Division I women’s soccer coaches. In 1995 Petrucelli led the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team to a NCAA national title.

The 59-year-old coach started his career in 1984 as an assistant coach for Old Dominion University men’s soccer team and spent time coaching at Notre Dame and University of Texas-Austin, on the collegiate level. Nationally, Petrucelli coached the under-21 and under-19 United States Women’s National Teams. Since 2013 Petrucelli has served as a scout and training center coach for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The New Jersey native holds a USSF A coaching license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced National Diploma. As a player Petrucelli helped lead the University of North Carolina-Greensboro to two Division III titles in 1982 and 1983. As a senior he was named co-captain of the team.

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RADE TANASKOVIC 

Goalkeeper Coach

Rade Tanaskovic (pronounced Rah-day Tah-NAS-KOV-itch) is in his fourth season with the Chicago Red Stars. During his tenure, the Red Stars finished as NWSL runners-up in 2019 and 2021 in addition to reaching the final of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.

Tanaskovic plays an integral part in the planning and implementation of team training sessions as well as the scouting, training and execution on set pieces. He also works on opponents scouting and with the goalkeepers.

 

Prior to his time in Chicago, Tanaskovic coached collegiately at the University of Iowa, University of Louisville, Columbus State University and Emmanuel College. In all four stops, he assisted with day-to-day operations, training sessions, recruiting and video analysis. During his collegiate coaching career, Tanaskovic coached three All-Americans and 14 All-Conference selections.

 

Before joining the collegiate ranks, Tanaskovic spent time as an assistant coach with FC Red Star Belgrade, formerly ŽFK LASK, a club in the top-level league in his home country of Serbia.

 

Tanaskovic played collegiate soccer at the University of North Georgia, where he was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference goalkeeper and holds the program record for career saves. He was inducted into the UNG Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

 

In addition to his role with the Red Stars, Tanaskovic wored as a goalkeeper coach with the U.S. Soccer National Training Centers in Atlanta and Cincinnati. He most recently was coached with USWNT U23s at the Nordic Cup in 2019, USYNT U18s at the Tricontinental Cup in Florida in 2020 and U23 USWNT Training camp in January of 2022.

Tanaskovic and his wife Courtney reside in La Grange with their son, Andrej.

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MORINAO IMAIZUMI

 Assistant Coach 

Morinao Imaizumi, a Japanese native, held multiple coaching roles at the collegiate and international levels, and will now begin his coaching career at the professional level. He was a crucial member of the Japan Women’s National Team as an assistant coach in 2004, where he coached current Red Star, Yuki Nagasato in the Olympics. The 61-year-old was the head coach of the U-17 and U-20 teams from 2004 to 2006.

On the collegiate level, Imaizumi has been the assistant coach for Florida State University women’s team since 2011, starting as a volunteer assistant coach before becoming a full-time assistant coach in 2012. After returning to Japan for a few years to coach youth players, he returned to FSU as an assistant coach in 2015. As a part of the FSU staff, Imaizumi helped the team win six ACC Championships and the 2018 and 2021 NCAA National Championships. Casey Krueger (then Short), was part of the 2011 team, along with Imaizumi that won the ACC Championship.

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FABRICE GAUTRAT

 Assistant Coach 

Fabrice Gautrat (pronounced GUH-traw) enters his third season as Assistant Coach with the Red Stars. A former professional player, Gautrat played for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL, the Orange County Blues of USL PRO and UJA Maccabi of the CFA Division 4 in France. Following his playing career, Gautrat has served several roles in youth soccer including time as Girls Director of Coaching for the Georgia Rush, time at a U.S. Youth National Team Camp and was the Girls Academy Director at Chicago FC United. Gautrat holds a United States Soccer Federation A License.

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Medical Staff

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ROGER N. CHAMS

MD, Medical Director 

Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

Dr. Roger Chams is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating complex knee and shoulder conditions and sports injuries. His patients include a large number of professional, college and adult recreational athletes.

He provides care for conditions such as rotator cuff tears; torn shoulder (labrum) and knee (meniscus) cartilage; and anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament (ACL and PCL) tears.

Dr. Chams has extensive experience in arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, having performed more than 20,000 such procedures. He performs total and partial knee and shoulder replacements and shoulder and knee resurfacing. In addition, he offers advanced tissue transplantation treatments, including Carticel implants; cartilage transplants; and ultrasound-guided platelet-rich plasma injections.

Dr. Chams teaches advanced knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgical techniques to other orthopaedic surgeons as an instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He also regularly teaches continued medical education courses for physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.

He is the team physician for Lake Forest High School and a team physician for the US Soccer Federation Men and Women National Teams.

To learn more about Dr. Chams, click here or visit ibji.com.

Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

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EMILY FORTUNATO

Head Athletic Trainer

Fortunato, Athletic Trainer and member of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, the official medical partner of the Chicago Red Stars, enters her second season with the Chicago Red Stars Medical Team. She spent three seasons with the Utah Royals FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) where she oversaw all day-to-day operations of the medical department and developed their concussion management protocol. Prior to the Royals, Fortunato served on the athletic training staff for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA from 2015-2017. She also has experience in Division I athletics, covering women’s basketball, women’s soccer, baseball and softball at George Mason University. Since 2013, Fortunato has been a network provider for US Soccer, assisting the federation’s full-time medical staff during various training camps, tournaments and friendlies. She was recently on staff during the team’s World Cup run in 2019 and Olympic qualifiers in January of 2020. 

Fortunato received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from The George Washington University in 2007 and her master’s in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion from George Mason University in 2009.

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MOLLY UYENISHI, PA-C, MCMS

Physician Assistant

Molly is nationally certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado and her Master of Clinical Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Barry University in Miami, Florida.

 

While at Colorado College, Molly was an NCAA Division I student-athlete and a member of the Women’s Soccer team. She then went on to play soccer professionally, competing in the Swedish 1st Division for QBIK Football Club.

Combining her passion for soccer and medicine, she chose Orthopaedic Surgery as her specialty. She enjoys treating athletes and being out on the pitch, and has been a member of the medical staff for the Chicago Red Stars since 2014.

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BRIA WANZUNG, PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Bria has 6 years of experience as a physical therapist and 2 years as a facility manager, Bria is passionate about providing a helping hand to patients recovering from diagnoses with orthopedic and post-surgical intervention needs, with a special interest in the hip joint and sports medicine injures.

 

She finds the best treatment to be ones that get the patient actively involved in their rehabilitation process, taking a proactive and patient-centered approach to all therapy sessions. Bria firmly believes in the importance of teamwork and looks forward to working along side Doctors, Physical Therapists and PTAs within the rehab team to help patients to reach their personal and functional goals in a welcoming, positive and supportive rehab environment.

Bria is also an athletic trainer and received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Illinois States University. Bria has worked with various levels of athletes from high school to professional. She has worked with Northwestern University Football, Chicago Sky, and the Chicago Red Stars since 2013. Due to her first hand knowledge and experiences in working with athletes and patients, Bria is highly motivated to increase awareness toward preventative medicine, physical health, fitness and wellness programs within the community.

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JAKE ROY

High Performance Director

A certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Jake Roy joined the Red Stars in 2022 as the team’s High Performance Director after working for over ten years with various teams to improve their performance. Originally from Oregon, Roy held Assistant Strength Coaching positions with professional baseball teams including the 2011 World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals and the 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants. On the collegiate level, Roy worked at multiple universities, including USC Upstate as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and, most recently, at Bowling Green State University as the Director of Strength and Conditioning. Roy was recognized at USC Upstate with their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Coach’s Heart Award in 2018 and he is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.