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Red Star Review: New Associate GM, Coaching Search Update

In this week’s Red Star Review: Michelle Lomnicki is named Associate GM and an update on the coaching search.

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Red Stars Name Michelle Lomnicki Associate GM

The Red Stars last week named Michelle Lomnicki Associate General Manager, adding to the club’s front office.

Lomnicki’s history with the club dates back to 2009, during the team’s Women’s Professional Soccer League days. After stints in Germany and with Sky Blue FC, Lomnicki returned to the Red Stars in 2012, playing 48 games across the next three seasons.

“I’m excited to take on this role and look forward to playing my part to usher the Chicago Red Stars toward an even brighter future,” said Lomnicki. “With my experience as a former player coupled with my knowledge of the club internally, I look forward to building and maintaining a bridge between front office and our players on the pitch.”

Lomnicki re-joined the Red Stars in 2020 as the club’s Director of Camps and Clinics. She revamped the club’s youth programming to better serve hundreds of aspiring soccer players across the Chicagoland area.

Lomnicki will likely report to Chief Business Officer Vicky Lynch.

Coaching Search Update

The club issued a statement regarding an update to the team’s coaching search. The statement was as follows:

“The Chicago Red Stars’ search for a new head coach will continue into the National Women’s Soccer League preseason. While we have spoken with multiple highly qualified coaches, we have yet to find the candidate that our players deserve.”

The statement continued: “As a result, Rade Tanaskovic will continue in the role of acting head coach with assistant coaches, Julianne Sitch and Fabrice Gautrat in support. Gautrat is officially joining our technical staff after two years advising the club. With their expertise, and the leadership of our veteran players, we are confident that our team will be ready to compete for a championship.”

Chicago has been searching for a head coach since the resignation of Rory Dames. Dames resigned amidst controversy as multiple allegations of abuse rolled in against the former coach.

As the statement mentioned, Rade Tanaskovic is the current acting head coach. This will be Tanaskovic’s third season on the Red Stars coaching staff.

Fabrice Gautrat, who was added to the Technical Staff, is the husband of Red Stars player Morgan Gautrat.

The search committee is made up of 11 current and former Red Stars players, the three assistant coaches, a sports psychologist, Vicky Lynch, and members of the club ownership.

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