One day after falling to the Washington Spirit in the NWSL Championship, Rory Dames resigned as the head coach of the Chicago Red Stars late Sunday.
Dames has coached the team since the NWSL’s first season in 2013.
“For 11 years, I have dedicated myself to help build the Chicago Red Stars into one of the top international clubs,” Dames said in a release. “Effective today, I’m refocusing my attention to my family and future endeavors, and I am resigning as coach of the Chicago Red Stars. I’d like to thank the Chicago Red Stars organization, the fans and the players who I have had the opportunity to work with in their professional soccer careers.
“I look forward to watching the Chicago Red Stars and the NWSL continue to grow and evolve while supporting their players.”
Red Stars assistant coaches will take over responsibilities “as appropriate” while the club searches for a new head coach, the team said in the release.
“Under Rory’s leadership we have been a remarkably consistent and excellent club on the field,” the Red Stars said. “We continually evaluate our team and front office environment, and given the dynamic change underway in the league, it is time to begin the next chapter of the Red Stars with a search for new leadership of the team.”
The Red Stars are coming off of a surprising postseason run after winning their last three games of the regular season, entering the playoffs as the No. 4 seed and upsetting OL Reign in the semifinals to advance to the championship game, where injuries ultimately were too much for them to overcome. Off the field, the Red Stars and the rest of the NWSL dealt with a league-wide reckoning over player rights and protections after multiple coaches were accused of abuse, including former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley in a scathing report.
The club said it will share more details about the search and “other changes to the organization” soon.