8 Questions with Juan Conde: Leigh Cowlishaw

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Welcome to another installment of 8 Questions with Juan Conde, where we will find out what makes people in our great community tick. Juan asks his guests to answer just eight questions about their business, their life, and their time here in Richmond.

This week’s guest is Leigh Cowlishaw, the director of soccer and head coach of the Richmond Kickers.

According to Cowlishaw’s biography page:

A native of Burton-on-Trent, England, Leigh has been an integral member of the Kickers franchise since the club’s inception in 1993.  Over 12 seasons as head coach, he has compiled an overall record of 193-95-68, reaching the century mark in wins with a 2-0 victory over the Charleston Battery on May 30, 2005. Under Leigh’s guidance, the Kickers have qualified for postseason play 11 of 12 seasons, and reached the title match in 2010 for the sixth time in the past nine campaigns, falling just short of the Championship title.  Richmond’s seven previous league Championship appearances (1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) include winning the Premier League title in 1995, a shoot-out loss to Seattle in the USL First Division final in 2005 and taking the USL Second Division crown twice against Charlotte in 2006 and 2009. With Leigh at the helm during the 2011 U.S. Open Cup, the Kickers made history with their remarkable run to the semifinals.  Becoming the first lower division team to defeat back-to-back MLS teams on the road, the Kickers ejected the Columbus Crew in the third round before handing Sporting Kansas City their first-ever loss at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in the quarterfinals.  Advancing to the semifinals for the second time in franchise history, the Kickers narrowly missed the Championship berth, conceding a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.

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