Champion Soccer Coach to Speak at Friday’s Common Hour
Story posted November 03, 1999
Hold onto your hats, sports fans! The coach who coached Mia Hamm, who announced on Wednesday that he is retiring, is coming to Bowdoin for this Friday’s Common Hour. Like last week, this presentation will be in Morrell Lounge, Smith Union rather than the Chapel.
Tony DiCicco, who also coached the rest of the United States soccer team to a victory in this summer's Women's World Cup, is the winningest coach in the history of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
He holds a 103-8-8 record in his five years with the U.S. team. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he led the U.S. women's national team to the first gold-medal victory offered in women's soccer. He was expected to repeat that performance at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which begin on Sept. 15.
DiCicco is known for his distinctive style, both on and off the field. His players joke that that he has four sons at home and 20 daughters on the road.
Balancing the two "families" has apparently gotten the best of him.
In announcing his retirement, DiCicco is quoted in the Bosoton Globe saying, "It's more important to me to be a world-class husband and father than a world-class coach. When I looked at the generous financial opportunities available to me next year, I didn't see how they could possibly enrich my life more than spending time with my wife and boys."
His sons are 17, 14, 12 and 8 years old. His coaching job takes him on the road more days than he is home.
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