This week, with the Women's World Cup underway and the United States Women's National Team about to play their first game, I have found myself thinking of Tony DiCicco and the conversation I was lucky enough to have with him, as well as his contribution to the game as a coach and coach-educator.
I had the privilege of meeting Tony at a coaching course with what was then the NSCAA, now United Soccer Coaches, and a little while later I was surprised when I found Tony's contact information in the subscriber list of The Coaching Journey's blog. I quickly sent him a message and after a bit of back and forth, we got on the phone and recorded a conversation.
Tony's legacy will never disappear from the game, or from the countless players and coaches he has impacted however big or small. Our conversation, although several years old as of today's release, is still full of valuable and timely pieces of wisdom which is another testament to Tony.
Enjoy the discussion, enjoy just a sliver of wisdom from Tony, and as you watch this year's World Cup, take a moment and think of those who have helped pave the way for today's players and coaches.
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