Former Women’s World Cup Coach DiCicco, Wethersfield Native, Dies At 68

CHICAGO (AP) – Tony DiCicco, who coached the U.S. to the 1999 Women’s World Cup title, has died. He was 68.

Son Anthony DiCicco says on Twitter his father died Monday at home with his family there.

DiCicco became the U.S. coach in 1994 and led the team to the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the first games to include women’s soccer.

He then guided a team filled with superstars _ and such women’s sports pioneers as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Michelle Akers _ to the ’99 World Cup title.

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. He then left coaching and did television work.

In 2008, DiCicco took over the U.S. Under-20 women and led it to a world title.

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