The gifts and legacy of longtime NC State soccer coach George Tarantini

Oct 02, 2019 504

George Tarantini had a talent for soccer and coaching the sport and motivating his players. He won an ACC title as the coach of N.C. State’s men’s team, once led the Wolfpack to a No. 1 national ranking and the Final Four and mentored one of the greatest players in U.S. soccer history.

But Tarantini’s true gift was with people. He could connect with young or old, in English or Spanish, about soccer or culture or especially about food and a good red wine. Tarantini passed away at his Raleigh home on Wednesday, his wife, Page Marsh, has confirmed to The News & Observer. He was 70.

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