Tony DiCicco, a U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee who coached the women's national team to a 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 1999 World Cup title, died Monday evening. He was 68 years old.
The cause of death is unknown, but in a family statement posted by his son, Anthony, on Tuesday, it revealed that he had endured an illness. He passed away at his home in the company of his family.
In addition to his success on the senior women's level (a 105-8-8 record), DiCicco coached the U.S. Under-20 national team to World Cup glory in 2008 and went on to coach the Boston Breakers in WPS from 2009-2011.
A statement from the DiCicco Family. pic.twitter.com/kBLKhdrWdH— Anthony DiCicco (@DiCiccoMethod) June 20, 2017
"Today we mourn the loss of one of the most influential coaches in U.S. Soccer history," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "Tony's passion for the game as a coach, administrator and broadcaster was always evident and his relationships with everyone in the soccer community distinguished him as a compassionate and much-loved man. U.S. Soccer will forever be thankful to Tony for his vast contributions to the game and we extend thoughts and condolences to his family and to the many people who were positively impacted by him during what was a remarkable life."
DiCicco was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012 as a "builder," recognized for his contributions in growing the sport in the country.
"I am delighted that I was recognized not only as a coach, but as somebody who has helped build the sport here in the United States," DiCicco told U.S. Soccer at the time. "It means a lot to me because, if you look at the list, when I joined, there were incredible builders in that list and to have only one person each year be inducted is an incredible honor for me and my family and my teams."
Sympathies and tributes poured in from all corners of the U.S. soccer community in light of his passing.
Tony DiCicco played an integral role in getting our program to where it is now. I am very appreciative of him and his contribution. Sad day.— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) June 20, 2017
Such sad news,Tony was great for the our game, we're so fortunate. Thank you for taking a chance on me. My thoughts & prayers to the family???? https://t.co/ndTwxvRrNq— Christie Rampone (@christierampone) June 20, 2017
Soccer has lost a legend. Tony means so much to the women's natl team. So sad to hear this news and sending all my love to his family. https://t.co/oclIKAeB3m— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 20, 2017
Thank you for everything, Tony. I am forever grateful that I had the honor of playing for you. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/OCKTatkunj— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) June 20, 2017
An absolute pioneer of the game. Today is a very sad day. Integrity. Passion. Love. Everyday. We owe it to Tony. https://t.co/993EuuYSEX— Heather O'Reilly (@HeatherOReilly) June 20, 2017
So incredibly sad 2 hear about the passing of Tony. He was a pioneer of the game n I'm thankful for all he has done on and off the pitch. https://t.co/VZtA1yMprf— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) June 20, 2017
We are saddened to learn the news of Tony DiCicco's passing. Our thoughts are with his family and the soccer community as a whole. pic.twitter.com/OFgkWnt9Y6— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) June 20, 2017
Thank you for the amazing impact you had on the sport, Tony DiCicco. We are so grateful.— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) June 20, 2017
Our thoughts are with the DiCicco family & friends https://t.co/CC0W05vAgg
Tony was one of the finest to grace this planet. His spirit will indeed live in us all Anthony. I smile thru the tears. His impact, immense. https://t.co/HYIbvwbSrV— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) June 20, 2017
RIP Tony Dicicco! One of the best coaches to ever come out of the United States!— Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) June 20, 2017
American soccer lost a true original. RIP Tony DiCicco. https://t.co/vyFfYhfFBF— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) June 20, 2017
We lost a US Soccer legend & tremendous human last night. RIP Tony DiCicco. You are missed.— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) June 20, 2017
DiCicco was most recently an analyst for FOX Sports, and he was part of the broadcast team that covered the first U.S. Women's World Cup triumph since his time on the sidelines in '99.