Former USWNT head coach will assist in coaching search and preliminary roster construction
The Houston Dash have hired former U.S. women’s national team head coach Tony DiCicco as a consultant, the club announced today.
DiCicco, 65, will assist Dash managing director Brian Ching and team president Chris Canetti in their search for a head coach and help build the roster for the team’s inaugural season through an expansion draft (date TBD) and the NWSL College Draft on Jan. 17.
“I am excited about the opportunity to consult for the Houston Dash and work with Chris Canetti and Brian Ching while they interview for a coach and build a roster,” said DiCicco. “The Dash are creating an excellent situation for players to train and play and I have been very impressed with how the Houston Dynamo organization is behind the Dash playing in the NWSL.”
The Wethersfield, Conn., native was head coach of the U.S. women’s national team from 1994-1999, leading the team to a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and winning the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He compiled a 103-8-8 record during his time at the helm, giving him the most wins in national team history.
DiCicco also led the U.S. U-20 women’s national team to a championship at the 2008 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup and coached the Boston Breakers from 2009-2011 in the now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer. He was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.
“We are very excited to have Tony on board to help us through this process,” said Ching. “When you think of women’s soccer at the highest levels there are very few, if any, that have as much experience or success as Tony.”
Season tickets are on sale now for the Dash’s inaugural season in the NWSL. To purchase a package or for more information on 2014 season tickets, fans can visit www.HoustonDashSoccer.com/tickets or call 713-276-GOAL.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON DASH
The Houston Dash are a National Women’s Soccer League club that will begin play in April 2014 for the start of the league’s second season. The Dash are the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. It is the top-flight women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. The 24-game regular season runs from April through August. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, visit www.HoustonDynamo.com/HoustonDash or call (713) 276-GOAL.