The coach of the United States teams that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup and the 1996 Olympic women’s title. DiCicco, who succeeded Anson Dorrance as coach of the U.S. national women’s team in 1994, retired from that post in 1999 with a record in full internationals of 103 victories, eight defeats and eight ties.
DiCicco, who had earlier coached high school, college and club men’s teams in New England, was the goalkeeper coach of the United States team that won the first Women’s World Cup in 1991. His first major event as head coach of the U.S. team was a defeat, at the 1995 World Cup, but the big victories of
1996 and 1999 followed. DiCicco was assisted at the 1996 Olympics by Lauren Gregg and April Heinrichs, and at the 1999 World Cup by Gregg and Jay Hoffman.
After retiring as national-team coach, DiCicco became commissioner of the Women’s United Soccer Association when that league began play in 2001, and was WUSA commissioner until 2003. He was coach of the United States team that won the Women’s Under-20 World Cup in 2008 in Chile, and coach of the Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer from 2009 to 2011.
DiCicco was an American Soccer League player with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island Oceaneers in the 1970s, after playing college soccer at Springfield.
Inducted in 2012.