Chicago House AC Inks Honorary Assistant Coach

Braden Tamosaitis will serve as the club’s Honorary Assistant Coach under Head Coach CJ Brown during inaugural campaign
Published Mar 15, 2021

Chicago, Illinois [March 15th, 2021] – Chicago House Athletic Club has announced the appointment of Braden Tamosaitis as the first Assistant Coach in club history. Tamosaitis will assume the honorary role immediately and support Head Coach & Technical Director, CJ Brown in the recruitment and development of the club’s roster in preparation for its inaugural campaign beginning this August at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL. During the 2021 season, Tamosaitis will work with Brown and the rest of his staff to ensure that Chicago House AC’s players, coaches and staff uphold the club’s Mission Statement:

 “At Chicago House Athletic Club, we believe winning goes beyond the pitch and into the community. Chicago House AC shares the values of all Chicagoans with a special emphasis on social justice, racial equality, inclusion, serving the underserved, and having fun while doing it. Chicago House AC will actively work to make Chicago a better place through philanthropy, service, winning trophies, and inspiring Chicagoans to stand at the forefront of their communities to create lasting change.”

Tamosaitis, 16, was born with Spina Bifida which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. It's a type of neural tube defect, which affects the structure in a developing embryo that eventually becomes the baby's brain, spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. He has undergone almost 40 surgeries, the first happening just a few hours after he was born. Braden is a freshman in high school and primarily uses a wheelchair to get around. According to Braden’s family, having a disability presents many challenges, in addition to the obvious physical ones. They note that many social barriers exist, and become that much more challenging as a teenager. “From a young age, Braden wanted to be a part of a group that he could truly belong to. While there are special-needs sports and clubs, those often focus more on the individuals and families, rather than the “team” experience,” notes Braden’s father, Kevin Tamosaitis.

Despite these challenges, Braden Tamosaitis brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and pedigree to Chicago House AC. Over the course of the last seven years, Braden has participated in a program that matches up kids like him with local college and university sports teams. Braden was paired with the Men’s Soccer program at the University of Indianapolis.

For the first four seasons with the team, Braden was on the roster as a player, starting in five matches for the Greyhounds. After his final season as a player, Braden was then invited by the UIndy coaching staff to become an Assistant Coach. He has spent the last three seasons in that role, and has become a valued member of the staff. Braden travels with the team at least once a season (at least before COVID), Last season, the UIndy Assistant Coach helped the Greyhounds earn a trip to the NCAA DII Final Four, the first in program history.

Such pedigree makes Braden Tamosaitis the perfect candidate to assist Chicago House AC Managing Partner, President & CEO, Peter Wilt and Head Coach & Technical Director, CJ Brown in the club’s inaugural season at SeatGeek Stadium this August. “Braden’s experience, character, work ethic and references all are of the highest order and align with Chicago House AC’s commitment to excellence,” Wilt said.

Braden’s father Kevin Tamosaitis, who also serves as Braden’s representative, has been integral in the signing and designation of this move by the club. “When the opportunity arose to connect Braden with a new club in Chicago, my hometown, we jumped at it. Watching Chicago House AC being built has been exciting and we love being able to be a part of it at the beginning stages,” says Kevin Tamosaitis. “When we were told that Braden was going to be named the first Assistant Coach in Chicago House history, we knew just how much it would mean to Braden. They have gone above and beyond to demonstrate in reality their vision. We can’t wait to see where we go from here!”

Braden Tamosaitis, Head Coach & Technical Director CJ Brown, and the rest of the Chicago House AC staff continue to prepare for the club’s inaugural season, which begins August 2021. More information on additional coach and player signings is forthcoming over the course of the next few months.

ABOUT CHICAGO HOUSE AC

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club (formerly Chicago NISA) is a community-based professional soccer team which will begin play at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois next fall. The team will compete in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA,) a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt, Chicago House AC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) committed to transparency and working with its constituents to use its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion and community improvement. For more information, contact us at info@chicagohouseac.com, visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. “Of Chicago, By Chicago, For Chicago.” | “Our City, Our House.”

ABOUT SEATGEEK STADIUM

SEATGEEK STADIUM is the heart of soccer for much of the Midwest and a must-see destination for world-class concerts and other sporting events. Each year more than a half million people go by the stadium’s trademark brick arch, many achieving or reliving what has become a rite of passage for sports and music fans alike. Since opening its doors in 2006, SEATGEEK STADIUM has treated fans to sporting events of all calibers from around the world and is the proud home of the Chicago NISA soccer club and the Chicago Red Stars (NWSL). SEATGEEK STADIUM’S expansive parking lots are also the site of many festivals, carnivals, multi-stage concerts and other special events. The stadium can seat 20,000 for sporting events and 28,000 for concerts, featuring 34 executive suites plus six stage suites (available for sporting events). SEATGEEK STADIUM is located at 7000 S. Harlem Ave in Bridgeview, Illinois.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INDEPENDENT SOCCER ASSOCIATION (NISA)

The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) was founded in 2017 by Peter Wilt and the late Jack Cummins. Its mission is to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer Pro-Am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media. For more information about NISA visit NISAOfficial.com or contact at info@nisasoccer.com. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.