Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has passed away at age 68.
One of the most popular figures and leaders in women’s soccer history in the United States, DiCicco was a true pioneer of the sport. His association with U.S. Soccer dates to the late 1980s and DiCicco is the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history by percentage as well as the only coach to win more than 100 games, while losing just eight times during his tenure from 1994-1999.
He was the goalkeeper coach working for Anson Dorrance on the first Women’s World Cup championship team in 1991. In 1994, he took over from Dorrance as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team and led the USA to a third-place finish at the 1995 Women’s World Cup in Sweden.
He then led the USA to its first Olympic gold medal for women’s soccer at the 1996 Games in Athens, Georgia, guiding the team to victory in front of massive semifinal and championship game crowds that set the stage for the hosting of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. The events changed the way women’s soccer and women’s sports were viewed in the American sporting culture.
In 2008, DiCicco took over the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team late in the cycle and led the underdog team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in Chile with a squad that featured current U.S. WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher.
DiCicco was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.