Tony DiCicco is as close to irreplaceable as it gets in women’s soccer.
Still, Boston Breakers Board Governor Michael Stoller told Metro today he sees a bright future for the team, even after the legendary coach’s retirement.
Three-year assistant Lisa Cole is set to take the coaching reins at Harvard Stadium.
“I think she brings a slightly different perspective on some of the players,” Stoller said. “I think it’s good for the core of the players coming back to hear a different voice.
“I think she’ll be incredible.”
DiCicco, who will remain with the Breakers in an advisory role, coached the U.S. women’s national team to the 1999 World Cup and served as commissioner of the defunct WUSA before taking over the Breakers in 2007. He was away from the team during this summer’s Women’s World Cup, for which he served as an ESPN analyst.
Cole coached the Breakers in his absence.
“I think he’s just an incredible coach and an incredible human being,” Stoller said. “He wants to see the league succeed, and he wants to see all the players succeed. I can’t say enough positive things about him.”
Stoller was similarly optimistic about the future of the franchise, which is seeking a new majority investor.
“We’re doing very well,” he said. “I’m absolutely positive we’ll be playing next year.”