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I didn't even know he was ill. I didn't know him but certainly he has been one of the most influential coaches in the women's game. He seemed to be very down to earth and would have loved to have seen how he interacted with players from a management aspect of coaching. Thank you for all that you have done in the sport to help grow the game and the lives he touched beyond and off the pitch.
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Tony was one of those who would answer any question, share what he knew with any other coach.
His field sessions at the annual NSCAA Conventions were "must see" events. At first a part of the draw was the annual destruction of chandeliers in the ballrooms used for the sessions. But as time went by (and ceilings were higher) you still went, not necessarily for the content but for how he worked with there athletes. He'd meet the demo players maybe 15 minutes before the session and by its start had all the names down. He'd be demanding in the session with this group of strangers but always fair and encouraging, and regularly pulled amazing things out of them over the course of an hour. With one exception. About 8 years ago he was assigned a group of players who would still be incapable of doing what he hoped to show during the session. The clinician's nightmare. What followed was the most amazing demonstration of making lemonade from lemons that I've ever seen. It was a master class in dealing with adversity as a coach. He will be so missed. __________________ "Winning is important. The lessons learned by winning and losing in sports last a lifetime. However, the goal of every youth coach should be to help young soccer players understand and enjoy the process of participation and to teach the skill necessary to succeed. When the pressure to win begins too early, the passion and the love for the game can be lost." - Jay Martin, editor, NSCAA Soccer Journal
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I had Tony as an instructor for three different coaching courses and I don't know how many clinics and symposiums. It is not coincidence that these are the three courses I enjoyed the most and have the fondest memories of. Whether or not he was one of the presenters became a deciding criteria for me over the years. His sessions were always first rate. He was very accessible and I appreciated that openness and willingness to help. I am sure some of the my questions he had been asked and answered countless times but he was always attentive and responsive. Man... we lost a treasure. A resource for the game that cannot easily be replaced. R.I.P. Tony.
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I worked with him and his company on two projects. He was the consummate professional and gentleman. I will miss him. The game will miss him far more.
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Great Teams, Great Athletes All great teams and all great athletes know how to train. They know how to use time in order to gain a competitive advantage. They realize that it isn’t a matter of quantity but of quality of practice. They know how to maximize the time they have, using it to perfect those parts of their game that need perfection or to improve on those parts of their game where there’s room for improvement. Essentially, great athletes always want to be better. And, more importantly, they truly believe they can get better. They are never satisfied with where they are and they are constantly demanding higher levels of performance from themselves. These players don’t just get done with practice, they get better with practice. They have a vision of what they want for themselves, a vision that motivates them toward greater levels of achievement. - Tony DiCicco, Coach of Olympic and World Cup Champions. __________________ "Winning is important. The lessons learned by winning and losing in sports last a lifetime. However, the goal of every youth coach should be to help young soccer players understand and enjoy the process of participation and to teach the skill necessary to succeed. When the pressure to win begins too early, the passion and the love for the game can be lost." - Jay Martin, editor, NSCAA Soccer Journal
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He changed the way women's soccer, at the very least, was coached. I was unaware of the chandelier incidents, but it sounds about right.
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RIP Tony, a great coach, a great person, and a great legacy