Chris McInally

Chris McInally

Chief Operating Officer / General Manager


Chris McInally started working with the Michigan Stars in 2020 volunteering his time to assist with organizing travel for then Head Coach Alex Strehmel and Owner George Juncaj.  In 2021, Chris' role expanded to team manager and included traveling to all games, and also helping with all team activities and game day operations.  Chris was promoted prior to the 2022 season to General Manager and began working on scouting players, roster creation, contract negotiations, travel, game day operations and more.  Chris was instrumental in building the team that won its first NISA Championship beating Albiom San Diego and included several players on the All-NISA team.  In 2023, Chris rebuilt the team and roster to its highest regular season finish of second place. The team also played in the NISA Championship Game and lost in the finals to Flower City Union.  Prior to the 2024 season, Chris was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and General Manager.  Chris will now include marketing to his list of job responsibilities.  The team has already found success in the U.S. Open Cup including a first round win vs Steel City FC in Pittsburgh and a second round win vs MNUFC2 at Allianz Field in Minnesota.  The Stars third round game is against rival Detroit City at Keyworth Stadium and unfortunately resulted in a 1-0 loss.

The following players have received awards during the time Chris was General Manager:
2022 Best 11 NISA Awards First Team:  Vasil Zhongo and Matt Constant
2022 Best 11 NISA Awards Second Team: Tatenda Mkuruva and Steven Juncaj
2023 Best 11 NISA Awards First Team: Leon Maric

Numerous players have also advanced to play 1st division overseas under Chris' direction including Vasil Zhongo, Steven Juncaj, Andrew Barrowman, and Kotaro Umeda.

McInally began playing soccer at the age of 6 in Troy, Michigan and attended Clemson University on a soccer scholarship in 1991.  Chris played soccer for Clemson for 2 years and switched sports and played football at Clemson for 3 years.  During the summer of 1994, Chris played professional soccer for the Detroit Neon at the Palace of Auburn Hills and scored one goal vs the San Diego Sockers.  Chris also tried out for several NFL teams including the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams and went to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996.

In 2018, Chris assembled a team of investors to open Total Sports Park, an 80 acre soccer complex in Washington Township, Michigan.  The project included 24 outdoor fields as well as a 118,000 sq ft indoor facility.  Chris designed, implemented, and managed the complex for 3 years and sold the complex in 2021 to George Juncaj, owner of the Michigan Stars.      

Prior to opening the soccer complex, Chris co-owned Proformance Marketing Group (PMG) for 10 years with partner Scott Hynd.  PMG primarily sold products on QVC and the company is still performing the same functions today.    

After graduating from Clemson, Chris went back to school to earn his MBA in 2003.