The Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer announced Monday that Charlie Naimo has been brought in as Technical Advisor and that Marcia McDermott takes on the title of President and General Manager.
Naimo previously was the Los Angeles Sol General Manager and helped organize a club that posted the best regular-season record (12-3-5, 41 points) in 2009 and a place in the WPS title match against eventual champion Sky Blue FC. In the near-term, Naimo will assist McDermott primarily with player personnel recommendations and negotiations, and assistance with the Red Stars coaching search. Naimo will continue in his current role as Pali Blues Soccer Club President of Operations and Head Coach.
"I am very excited to join the Red Stars family," Naimo said. "I have always had a great working relationship with Marcia and the ownership there, and it will be an easy transition. I believe the staff has put together a great roster, and it will be an honor to contribute in any way I can to help them become a playoff team in 2010 and beyond."
McDermott has been named Red Stars President in addition to her general manager duties. She becomes the organization's second president, a role previously held by current Milwaukee Wave President/CEO Peter Wilt.
"Marcia is invaluable to us. She has been running our team and operating in the role of President and General Manager for months," said Arnim Whisler, Governor of the Red Stars. "We wanted to formally recognize her many contributions."
McDermott still is serving as temporary Red Stars coach as she conducts the team's head coaching search. She previously was an associate head coach for the University of Illinois women's soccer team in 2006 and 2007 and launched Northwestern's women's soccer program in 1994 leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1998. As a player, McDermott won three NCAA titles at North Carolina and was named an All-American in 1986.
The Red Stars host the Atlanta Beat Sunday at 5 p.m. at Toyota Park (TV: Fox Soccer Channel).