Frank Caricchio was a member of the team that captured the 1963 U.S. Amateur Cup championship. ( Photo)

Frank Caricchio, a starter on the Italian-American Sport Club team that captured the 1963 U.S. Amateur Cup championship that led to the formation of the original Rochester Lancers, died Saturday.

He was 78.

Caricchio, who was inducted into the Lancers Wall of Fame in 2017, passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

A long-time member of the ISAC, Caricchio helped anchored the team’s backline as it captured the Amateur Cup title. Four years later, he was a member of the Lancers team that entered the American Soccer League. He played with the Lancers from 1967-69.

Caricchio, who lived in the Rochester, N.Y. suburb of Greece, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Anna Maria; daughter, Lisa (Neil) Cook; cherished grandchildren, Amber, Jesse, Dylan, Damon, Nicole, Leah; and great-granddaughter, Sabrina; sisters-in-law, Mary Caricchio, Piera Cafarelli, Amy D’Angelo, Rita (Roy) Mikulski; brothers-in-law, Gaetano DeRosa, Louis (Mary) D’Angelo, Sebastian (Camille) D’Angelo and many nieces and nephews

He was also predeceased by his daughter, Sabrina Colf.

Visiting hours will be held at Thomas Funeral Chapel in Rochester, Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. A funeral will be held at Mass Holy Cross Church Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

The Soccer Is a Kick in the Grass radio show will remember Caricchio on its Monday show on WYSL radio (1040 AM) at 6:30 p.m. Monday.


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at