Tony DiCicco Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Tony DiCicco, Director of the NSCAA Goalkeeping Academy and NSCAA member for 31 years, was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012 on the Builder ballot. Claudio Reyna and three-time FIFA World Cup veteran goalkeeper Tony Meola have been elected on the Player ballot and Desmond Armstrong joins them on the Veteran ballot.
DiCicco previously served on the NSCAA Board of Directors and has been involved in various NSCAA committees and groups throughout his coaching career.
DiCicco set an unprecedented standard, posting a Women's National Team-record 103 victories in 119 matches during his head coaching tenure from 1994-1999. DiCicco memorably led his squad to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup championship against China on July 10 in front of a sellout crowd of 90,185 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
For six years DiCicco was the coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, accumulating a stellar record of 103-8-8, making him the all-time wins leader in U.S. National Team history.
He led the U.S. team to the first-ever gold medal in women's soccer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. DiCicco also guided the U.S. squad to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup title, defeating China on penalty kicks in the final in front of 90,185 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. He also guided the U.S. team to a third-place finish at the second Women's World Cup in Sweden in June of 1995 and a gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Before becoming USWNT coach, DiCicco served as the squad's assistant coach since 1991, working with the goalkeepers during the USA's triumph at the first FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991.
A 1970 graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, he 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 toured and played for the U.S. National Team.