Springfield, Mass. - June 20, 2017 - Springfield College has learned that alumnus and U.S. women's gold medal winning soccer coach Tony DiCicco passed way on Monday, June 19. He was 68 years old.
DiCicco was a 1970 graduate of Springfield College where he was an All-American goalkeeper, captain, and most valuable player during his senior year. DiCicco was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
The public celebration of life for Tony DiCicco will be Saturday, July 8 at 3PM at Welte Auditorium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. More information about the service and other memorial programs and related details may be found at TonyDiCicco.com.
"Coach DiCicco changed the face of soccer in America," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Craig Poisson. "He was such a great representative of the values that Springfield College graduates possess and he always made a lasting impact on our students when he would visit campus. He will be missed."
DiCicco coached the U.S. women's soccer team from 1994 to 1999, leading the team to an Olympic gold medal win in 1996. He also led the U.S. women's soccer team to the 1999 World Cup championship, making him the only manager of the U.S. to have won both a World Cup and Olympic gold. DiCicco is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He is the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history by percentage as well as the only coach to win more than 100 games. He went 103-8-8 from 1994 to 1999.
College and the women's soccer program. He was a gentleman who took time to talk and share his knowledge and despite his enormous success he never talked down to people," said Springifeld College women's soccer coach John Gibson. "Whenever I spoke with him I always felt inspired and reinvigorated. His teams played the game the right way, he treated people the right way and he represented the values we at Springfield College strive to live by and instill in our students".
DiCicco played a key leadership role in the start of women's professional soccer leagues in the United States. In 2001, he was chief operating officer for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), which played from 2001-2003. He was the league's commissioner in 2002 and 2003. He coached the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) from 2009-2011.