Tony DiCicco Dies; Wethersfield Native Led US Women to Soccer Gold Medals – Hartford Courant
Tony DiCicco, who led the United States women’s national team to gold medals in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup, died Monday night. His family released a statement Tuesday.
DiCicco, 68, was born in Wethersfield and graduated from Wethersfield High School.
“Last night, at his home, surrounded by his family, Tony DiCicco bestowed love broadly as he peacefully transformed from a mortal body to an eternal ideal,” the statement read.
“While the health challenges Tony faced were confronted head on and with eyes open, we never could have foreseen the beautiful journey that truly defined the magnificence of this man’s life.
“In honor of Tony’s life, we ask that the emotion evoked by his passing be channeled toward the ideals he embodied: integrity, compassion and love. While sorrow is inevitable in his absence, his strength and grace illuminated a path forward without fear. We are grateful.
“We are humbled to experience the sphere of impact Tony had in the world of sport and in the lives of people every day. His life will continue to be celebrated and honored by those who knew and loved him.
We will provide additional details in the near future regarding arrangements and celebrations.”
Tweets came pouring in from the soccer world.
“Great coach, amazing man!” tweeted Mia Hamm. “We were so fortunate to have him be our teacher/leader. His lessons and love will never leave us.”
Another former play, Julie Foudy, tweeted:
“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.”