Tony DiCicco

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Tony DiCicco
Tony DiCicco at Brandi Chastain's Testimonial Game 2.JPG
DiCicco in October 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-08-05) August 5, 1948 (age 65)
Place of birth United States Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA
Youth career
1966-1970 Springfield College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Connecticut Wildcats
Rhode Island Oceaneers
National team
1973 United States 1
Teams managed
1991 United States (goalkeeper coach)
1993 United States U-20 (goalkeeper coach)
1994-1999 United States (head coach)
2009-2011 Boston Breakers (WPS) (head coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

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]

Born in 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.

Club[edit]

On September 21, 2007, DiCicco was named coach of the Boston Breakers in the new league Women's Professional Soccer.

Sports administration[edit]

DiCicco was the founding commissioner of the Women's United Soccer Association from 2000-2003.[3][4]

Broadcasting[edit]

DiCicco currently works as a commentator for ESPN's broadcasts of U.S. women's soccer matches.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

DiCicco was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

DiCicco and his wife, Diane, have four sons: Anthony, Andrew Alex, and Nicholas.[7] DiCicco also works with the SoccerPlus CT premier program based in Hartford, Connecticut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tony DiCicco bio". Soccer Times. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tony DiCicco Resigns as Head Coach of U.S. Women's National Team; Olympic and Women's World Cup Champion Finishes at 103-8-8". US Soccer. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "PLUS: SOCCER -- WOMEN'S UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION; DiCicco Is Named As Commissioner". New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tony DiCicco profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Women’s Soccer Analyst profile". ESPN. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tony DiCicco Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012". National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tony DiCicco bio". Women's Soccer World. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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