Rito Antonio 'Anthony' Mungioli: Known for intensity at work, on soccer field


by By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:38 AM

Rito Antonio "Anthony" Mungioli worked and played with intensity, whether he was managing the Garland women's apparel company he co-founded with his brother, or coaching or playing soccer.

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A former first-team All-American midfielder at Richardson High School, he was also known for his success as an adult player and coach.

Cycling was part of Mr. Mungioli's fitness routine. On Saturdays, he often rode a favorite route, the rolling hills from his North Dallas home to McKinney and back.

At about 7:30 a.m. Monday, he was combining fitness with his daily commute to the DART rail station at Forest Lane when he was struck and killed on Arapaho Road near Greenville Avenue in Richardson by a motorist blinded by the morning glare.

Mr. Mungioli was 51.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas at 11 a.m. today. He will be buried at Restland Memorial Park.

Mr. Mungioli was committed to his work at Central Falls, the Garland company he co-founded in 1989, said his brother, Luigi Mungioli of Dallas.

Anthony Mungioli was a quiet man who paid attention to detail and was serious about his work, Luigi Mungioli said.

His brother's devotion to their clothing company meant he "didn't take anything for granted," but took the commitment to deliver a lien all the way to the finish line, Luigi Mungioli said. "He was a man of accomplishment, always."

Mr. Mungioli was also committed on the soccer field.

"He was the heart of the team," his brother said.

Mr. Mungioli maintained a tremendous fitness level to play on an over-30 team, where some players were 20 years younger that he was, his brother said.

"He was a very big competitor," his brother said.

Mr. Mungioli's coaching accomplishments included leading his over-30 men's team to four regional championships and two national titles, his brother said.

Anthony Mungioli was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where his father, Armando Mungioli, was a tailor for five years. The youngest of six siblings, Anthony Mungioli was the first born outside of Italy.

In 1959, Mr. Mungioli and his family moved to Dallas, where his father became a tailor for Dreyfuss & Sons.

"In those days it was a big market for men's tailors coming to the U.S.A.," Luigi Mungioli said. "It was the only immigration open at that time."

Like his brothers, Anthony Mungioli excelled at soccer. In 1975, he was selected to play on the U.S. National 18-and-under soccer team.

He also played soccer at Southern Methodist University, where he received bachelor's degrees in history and business administration, his brother said.

Mr. Mungioli played one season with the Houston Summit of the Major Indoor Soccer League before returning to Dallas, where he held several positions with Prophecy Corp., a sportswear manufacturer.

In 1989, he and his brother Luigi co-founded their women's apparel manufacturing company in Garland. Luigi Mungioli was president, while his brother was vice president and treasurer.

The Mungioli name is synonymous with soccer to many in Richardson.

One of his brothers, Richard Mungioli of Richardson, started the soccer program at Pearce High School, which he coached to two state championships.

Anthony Mungioli was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and the Italian Club of Dallas.

In addition to his two brothers, Mr. Mungioli is survived by his wife, Karen Mungioli of Dallas; two sons, Anthony Mungioli and John Mungioli, both of Dallas; his mother, Rosaria Mungioli of Richardson; another brother, Gerald Mungioli of Richardson; and two sisters, Antonia Russell of Plano, and Alba Pickering of Richardson.

Memorials may be made to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Houston or the Italian Club of Dallas.