Rory Dames has led Eclipse Select to many accomplishments over the past ten years, including being recognized as the top girl’s 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 led the club to 11 national championships, eight national finals, eleven regional championships, 17 UYSA MRL championships and 41 Illinois State Cup championships.
Dames took over in 1996 when the club consisted of three teams and today boasts over 50 male and female teams with more than 750 players ranging from ages 8-19.
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.
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.