Tony DiCicco (born August 5, 1948) is an association football player, coach and commentator from the United States. He is best known as the coach of the United States women's national soccer team from 1994 to 1999, during which time the team won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Early life [ edit ]
Wethersfield, Connecticut, DiCicco is 1966 graduate of Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he lettered in soccer, baseball and basketball. [1 ]
In 1970, DiCicco graduated from
Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was an All-American goalkeeper his senior year. He played with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island Oceaneers of the American Soccer League for five years, and made a single appearance for the United States men's national soccer team in 1973. During this time, he also taught Physical Education at Bellows Falls Middle School in Bellows Falls, Vt. for at least the 1972–1973 school year. [1 ]
Coaching career [ edit ]
International [ edit ]
In 1991, DiCicco became the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. women's team; he was also the goalkeeping coach for the 1993 U.S. men's under-20 team. He took over as head coach of the women's team in 1994, and compiled a record of 103–8–8, culminating with the team's dramatic win over
China in the 1999 World Cup final. [2 ]
In 2008, DiCicco coached the U.S. U-20 Women's national team to victory in the
FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup in Chile.
On September 21, 2007, DiCicco was named coach of the
Boston Breakers in the new league Women's Professional Soccer and left the post in 2011. [3 ]
Sports administration [ edit ]
DiCicco was the founding commissioner of the
Women's United Soccer Association from 2000-2003. [4 ] [5 ]
Broadcasting [ edit ]
DiCicco currently works as a commentator for
ESPN's broadcasts of U.S. women's soccer matches. [6 ]
Honors and awards [ edit ]
DiCicco was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Personal life [ edit ]
DiCicco and his wife, Diane, have four sons: Anthony, Andrew Alex, and Nicholas.
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