Tradition of Excellence

IHSA Regional Champions

1982

1990

Catholic League Champions

1977

2006

2007

Coaching Staff

Tim McCarthy ’85 – Co-Head Varsity Coach

Tim is returning to St. Rita after 14 years. He was an assistant coach in 1990 and Head Coach from 1991-1995. It is a great honor to be asked to return to St. Rita High School to coach the Soccer Program. “From 1990-1995 I had the opportunity to meet and coach a tremendous group of Ritamen who have all gone on to be very successful in their careers and in their lives. I am equally excited about coaching our current group of young men and about the future of the program. During my absence I have had the chance to coach my children in AYSO and their Southside Catholic Conference teams and have enjoyed it tremendously.”

Bob Kellam ’92 – Co-Head Varsity Coach

Coach Bob Kellam returns to St.Rita with extensive experience in the game of soccer. As a player at St. Rita, Bob was honored with All-Catholic League, SouthTown Economist All-Area Honorable Mention and led the team in scoring his senior year. After graduating from St. Rita, Bob attended Moraine Valley College and played two years under legendary coach Nick Markulin. Bob then transferred to the University of Illinois – Springfield to continue his education and play soccer for this perennial national soccer power. During his two seasons at UIS the soccer team was never ranked below #5 in the NAIA national rankings, played in two NAIA national tournaments reaching the 1996 Final Four and 1997 Elite Eight. Bob has played for various local clubs and is currently the captain of the Chicago Police Team. Coach Kellam has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield and has coached at St.Rita (Freshmen 1998) and as an assistant at Moraine Valley Community College (1999). Bob is a licensed soccer coach by the US Soccer and in soccer fitness/conditioning by International Soccer Coach’s Association.  In the summer of 2011 Coach Kellam was named the Community MVP by Major League Soccer for his contributions to soccer in the Chicagoland area and his distinguished career as a Chicago Police Officer. He was honored and received his award at halftime of the 2011 MLS AllStar game in New York.

Kieran Kellam '98 - Assistant Varsity Coach

Jorge Barba - Goalkeeper Coach

 

Andrew DiMarco and Juan Miguel Alvarez  – Sophomore Coaches

Coach Juan Miguel Alvarez grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he played soccer from an early age. He played four years of varsity soccer at James Irwin Charter High School, where he served as captain his junior and senior years. Over his high school career, Juan Miguel earned two All-State first team honors and was recognized as the Tri-Peaks League Player of the Year. He holds the school record for most goals in a season and most career goals. He also played two seasons for Pride Soccer Club and one season for the semi-professional indoor soccer team, the Highlands Ranch Heat. 

At the University of Notre Dame, Juan Miguel played on the men's club soccer team while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He graduated in 2014 and joins the St. Rita coaching staff eager to teach, learn, and share in the joy of the beautiful game.

 

Chris Donahue '11 - Freshman Head Coach

In his first season as Freshmen head coach, Chris Donahue 11’ looks to take a very talented cast of players on a victorious campaign. As a student at St. Rita, Chris played center midfield throughout his sophomore, junior, & senior years with the varsity program. During that time, Chris worked to become All-Conference as well as All-Area Academic. Coach Donahue had the pleasure of playing football and water polo during his high school experience as well. In 2010, Coach Donahue was lucky enough to be a part of current varsity coaches Bob Kellam and Tim McCarthy’s first year back to the St. Rita program, where he was selected as captain of the team. After graduating from St. Rita in 2011, Chris attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN where he played rugby for four years and was given the opportunity to coach the rugby program his senior year. After stepping away from soccer during his college years, he is prepared to come back to his love of the game with full force. Chris’s family has been heavily involved in athletics: his father, Timothy Donahue, has 30+ years coaching soccer at the St. Xavier University Cougars, Kendall College Fighting Chefs, Chicago Fire Reserves, and is currently the head coach at Moraine Valley Community College Cyclones. His mother, Claire Donahue, has run and operated the Chicago Juniors Volleyball Club for 20+ years. Throughout his sophomore year on varsity, Chris was able to learn from brother Kyle Donahue (Class of 2009) who went on to obtain All-Conference and All-Sectional awards. Coach Donahue’s brother, Ryan (Class of 2006), went on to play football as a punter for the University of Iowa, and later for the Detroit Lions.  Chris would like to thank his immediate family as well as the St. Rita of Cascia family for the determination, discipline, and great years brought to his life and athletic career. Go Mustangs!

Mike Kinney - Assistant Freshman Coach