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New Sheriff in Town: Red Stars Name New Head Coach

The Chicago Red Stars have a new head coach. Looking for a breath of fresh air, the team tabbed Chris Petrucelli to run the club.

Chris Petrucelli Red Stars
Photo: SMU Athletics

There have been many questions surrounding the Chicago Red Stars since former head coach Rory Dames stepped down after the 2021 NWSL season due to verbal and emotional abuse allegations from former players. On Friday morning, some of those questions have been answered. The Red Stars announced that Chris Petrucelli will be their new head coach.

Petrucelli’s accomplished background brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to the club. For the past 31 years, he has been a successful college coach, appearing in 17 NCAA Tournaments. His most memorable stint was at Notre Dame. Petrucelli led the Fighting Irish to six NCAA Tournaments appearances, including a national title in 1995.

After that, he led the Texas Longhorns to 10 postseason runs and two Sweet 16 appearances. For the last nine seasons, Petrucelli has been at SMU, where the Mustangs have had double-digit win totals in their previous five years. In addition, they have two tournament appearances — 2016 and 2021.

Although this will be his first season coaching in the NWSL, Chris Petrucelli should be a breath of fresh air as the club writes a new chapter in 2022. With training camp in full swing, the Red Stars will be gearing up for their revenge season after losing in the 2021 NWSL Championship to the Washington Spirit in November. The club will play in the league’s Challenge Cup on March 20 in Houston against the Dash.

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