TECHNICAL STAFF

RORY DAMES

 Head Coach 

Rory Dames will be entering his eleventh season at the helm of the Red Stars, after leading them to two league finals, the Challenge Cup final, and a USASA’s National Women’s Cup triumph in 2012. The past six seasons Dames has guided the team to playoff contention and is looking to capture the title in 2021.

 

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

 Assistant Coach 

Scott Parkinson will enter his second 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

 Assistant Coach 

Julianne Sitch will enter her second 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 

 Assistant Coach 

Rade Tanaskovic (pronounced Rah-day Tah-NAS-KOV-itch) enters his third 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.

Medical Staff

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

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, is this season’s newest member of 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.

Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

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.

Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

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.

Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

Megan Young

High-Performance Director

Megan Young enters her second season with the Chicago Red Stars as the High-Performance Director. Previously, Young worked for the Auburn University Athletics Department where she was part of the strength and conditioning staff for 11 years. After working with the student-athletes in the baseball and football programs, Young became directly responsible for year-long programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning related activities for the women’s soccer and basketball programs.

She currently holds certifications from the NSCA, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USAWTF).

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