Tony DiCicco, U.S. Women's National Soccer Coach, World Cup Champion

Tony DiCicco

An integral figure who put women's soccer on the map in the U.S. and globally, Tony DiCicco built an impressive run as the U.S. Women's National Team head coach from 1994-1999. He led the USA to its first gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and most notably was at the helm of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup champion team that defeated China.

As the U.S. Women's head coach, DiCicco won a staggering 103 games - nearly 90 percent of his matches - in compiling a 103-8-8 international record. DiCicco is the only American coach to win a Women's World Cup, an Olympic gold, and a.U-20 Women's World Cup (2008).

DiCicco's 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup team increased the popularity and prominence of women's athletics as more than 90,000 people were on hand at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to witness the thrilling victory against China. Nearly 18 million people viewed the match on television - the most-watched women's soccer match in U.S. history.

The Wethersfield, Conn., native coached the U.S. goalkeepers in the first edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991, helping lead a defense that posted three shutouts and defeated Norway in the final.

He was the founding commissioner of the Women's United Soccer Association from 2000-2003, then coached the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer from 2009-2011.

As a player, DiCicco was an All-American at Springfield College and he took his game to the professional ranks for five years, playing for the American Soccer League's Connecticut Wildcats and the Rhode Island Oceaneers.