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Hall of Fame Soccer Coach at UConn Joe Morrone, Dies at 79

On Wednesday hall of fame Coach Joe Morrone has died at his home in Mansfield, Conn at the age of 79. He led the University of Connecticut to the title in 1981.

The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, the school said.

Morrone coached Middlebury College in Vermount 1958-1968, and after that he coached Huskies form 1969-1996. His career record was 422-199-64.

The Huskies were ranked 16th or better 14th times from 1975-1996, and the school’s soccer stadium was named for Morrone in 1997.

He won 1981 national championship with his team, defeating the Alabama A&M 2:1 in overtime. He led Huskies to 15 N.C.A.A. tournament berths, and the national semifinals in 1982 and 1983.

The current UConn coach Ray Reid, said: “Coach Morrone laid the blueprint not only for soccer at UConn but as importantly for college soccer in entire country.” He also added that Monroe was first coach who actively recruits players.

Huskies won national championship again in 2000, under Reid.

National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame inducted Morrone in 2002.

Joseph John Morrone was born on October 20th 1935, in Worchester, Mass. He graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he played soccer, hockey and lacroise.

Morrone was associate professor in UConn’s department of kinesiology, after retiring as a coach. There he was a coordinator of the coaching and administration concentration.

Elisabeth, his wife, died in 2007, and he was alone with his two sons, Joe and Bill, and daughter, Mellisa Taintor. He has 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

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