HT: 5’11” WT: 165
HOMETOWN: Burton-on-Trent, England
COLLEGE: University of Richmond
LAST CLUB: Richmond Kickers
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 eight seasons as head coach, he has compiled an overall record of 135-70-49.
Under the guidance of two-time USL2 Coach of the Year nominee, the Kickers boasted a regular season record of 12-3-4 and 41 points in 2007, capturing the Regular Season title. Leading the Kickers to their fourth championship final in six years, the Kickers narrowly lost the title match on penalties to the Harrisburg City Islanders. One year prior, the Kickers captured their third championship title with a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Eagles. Previously, the Kickers suffered a penalty kick shootout loss to Seattle in the 2005 USL1 title match and a 2-1 overtime loss to Milwaukee during the 2001 A-League final. Additionally, Leigh has earned regular season titles in 2001 and 2006 as well as the Eastern Conference Champions title in 2002. His success on the field is matched by numerous awards off the field, helping to guide the organization to four USL Organization of the Year awards (1995, 2000, 2006 and 2007) and the Fair Play Award (2004). Following the 2006 season, he was named FieldTurf USL2 Coach of the Year.
As Vice President, Soccer Programs, Leigh provides technical direction and guidance for all levels of the Kickers organization and serves on the board of the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club. He works closely with the technical staff to ensure all programs uphold the club philosophy of high integrity and character building and oversees all player-personnel decision making at the professional level. In February 2001, Leigh received his USSF “A” License and has also completed two English FA courses. Also successful as a professional player (1993-1998), Cowlishaw helped the Kickers win the “Double” with the U.S. Open Cup and the Premier League Championships in 1995. He resides in sixth place on the Kickers all-time goals scored list (19) and seventh place on the all-time points list (49). Cowlishaw is the only player to play under every coach in Kickers franchise history and in September of 1999, he was honored as the first Kicker to have his number (13) retired. At the University of Richmond, Cowlishaw made his mark by becoming the career record holder for goals (55), assists (33) and total points (143), earning All-American honors and the CAA Player of the Year award. In January 2001, he was the first soccer player in university history to be inducted into the University of Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame.