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Profile: Tony DiCicco was the third head coach in the history of the U.S. Women's National Team program. He took over the position Aug. 22, 1994, replacing Anson Dorrance, and against Japan in Kobe on May 21, 1998, he surpassed Dorrance's as the all-time win leader in the history of U.S. Soccer. DiCicco lost just eight times as a head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and with a record of 103-8-8 established a winning percentage of .899, also the best ever in U.S. Soccer history.
In 1996, he led the U.S. team to the first-ever gold medal in Olympic women's soccer. 1999 saw him spearhead the signature 1999 Women's World Cup champions. He previously guided the U.S. team to a third-place finish at the second Women's World Cup in Sweden in June 1995. And his team owned the U.S. Women's Cup with first place finishes in the years 1995-99.
Before taking over the top coaching position, DiCicco had served as the assistant coach for the national team beginning in 1991, working with the goalkeepers during the USA's triumph at the first FIFA Women's World Cup in China. He also served as the goalkeeper coach for the 1993 Under-20 Men's National Team when it finished in eighth place at the 7th FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.
A 1970 graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, DiCicco majored in physical education. He was the captain and most valuable player his senior year, earning All-American honors. DiCicco received his master's degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University.
DiCicco played five years of professional soccer in the American Soccer League with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island Oceaneers, where he was team MVP and captain. In 1973, DiCicco appeared for the U.S. National Team.
In 1981, DiCicco founded Soccer Plus Goalkeeper Schools, which has grown to run 25 camps nationwide and includes Soccer Plus Field Player Academies. He has served as the goalkeeper specialist for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and conducts both U.S. Soccer and NSCAA national licensing camps. He holds both a U.S. Soccer "A" license and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
DiCicco started soccer programs at Bellows Falls Middle School in Bellow Falls, Vt, and South Carolina High School in Hartford, Conn. He also coached the Hartford Hellenas and the Hartford Italian Stars of the Connecticut Senior League and coached intercollegiate men's programs at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. He is a 1966 graduate of Wethersfield High School in Connecticut, where he lettered in soccer, baseball, and basketball.
DiCicco and his wife, Diane, have four sons: Anthony, Andrew, Alex, and Nicholas.