Tony DiCicco, who coached the United States women's national soccer team to a World Cup victory in 1999, died at age 68 on Monday night.
DiCicco's death was confirmed in a statement by his family.
"Last night, at his home, surrounded by his family, Tony DiCicco bestowed love broadly as he (peacefully) transformed from a mortal body to an eternal idea," DiCicco's son, Anthony, posted on his Twitter account.
"While the health challenges Tony faced were confronted head on and with eyes open, we never could have foreseen the beautiful journey that truly defined the magnificence of this man's life.
"In honor of Tony's life, we ask that the emotion evoked by his passing be channeled towards the ideals he embodied: integrity, compassion and love. While sorrow is inevitable in his absence, his strength and grace illuminated a path forward without fear. We are grateful."
DiCicco coached the USWNT from 1994-99, culminating in the famous victory over China in a penalty shootout to win the Cup at the Rose Bowl. DiCicco also guided the team to an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996.
DiCicco posted a 105-8-8 record as national team coach.
Former star midfielder Julie Foudy was among his former players who paid tribute.
"Tony was one of the finest to grace this planet," Foudy wrote on her Twitter account. "His spirit will indeed live in us all. I smile (through) the tears. His impact, immense."