CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern Iowa women's basketball coach
Tony DiCecco resigned Monday after 12 seasons for health reasons.
DiCecco underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery last August,
and leaves as the program's winningest coach at 183-161.
"There were so many things that came into the picture. Number
one was the state in which our program is in today. My health --
absolutely I look at that," the 57-year-old DiCecco said. "I
really feel that I made this decision for all the right reasons."
DiCecco will continue to work as an assistant to athletic
director Rick Hartzell, who said he hopes to hire a coach by
DiCecco turned Northern Iowa from a Missouri Valley Conference
doormat into one of its top programs. The Panthers had posted just
one winning season at the Division I level before his arrival, but
under DiCecco they finished above .500 eight times and earned three
The Panthers finished 17-13 last season, and won at Iowa for the
"I have had a tremendous ride," DiCecco said. "There's no way
I can put into words how great that ride has been."