Director of Soccer/Head Coach Pro Team
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.
Leigh’s success on the field is matched by numerous awards off the field, helping to guide the organization to five USL Organization of the Year awards (1995, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009) and the Fair Play Award (2004). Following the 2006 and 2009 seasons, he was named FieldTurf USL-2 Coach of the Year and was a USL Coach of the Year finalist six consecutive seasons (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). In 2009, Leigh was honored for his numerous achievements by being inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in the Coach Category.
As Director of Soccer, Cowlishaw 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 of 2001, Cowlishaw received his USSF “A” License one year after obtaining his USSF “B” License and has also successfully 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 all-time points list (49) and is a Kickers top 10 career leader in assists (11). 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.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Ihor has been an integral component of the Richmond Kickers staff at all levels, from youth to the professional ranks. A professional soccer player for seven years, including with the Kickers (1998, 2002-2003, 2006), he became the Technical Director for the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club (RKYSC) in December of 2003.
In addition to a USSF “A” License as well as a USSF Youth License, Ihor obtained his UEFA “A” License, joining a select group of coaches in Virginia to hold this qualification and has coached various teams, U-9 through U-19. As Technical Director, Ihor’s responsibilities include ensuring proper player development, recruiting and hiring coaches, coordinating practice schedules, organizing and coordinating tryouts, and observing and evaluating teams, players, and coaches.
With seven seasons of playing experience between the USL, Major League Soccer, and the National Professional Soccer League, Ihor has had stints with the Lehigh Valley Stream (USL1), Raleigh Capital Express (USL1), Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1), Kansas City Wizards (MLS), and Philadelphia Kixxs (NPSL), amassing a total of 41 career goals and ten assists for 92 points. A versatile player who has seen time as both a midfielder and forward, Ihor rejoined the Kickers pro team in 2006 after a two-year hiatus from professional soccer.
Ihor graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Minor in Economics. He was also named the 1997 Scholar Athlete of the Year. In his spare time, Ihor enjoys traveling.
Director of Soccer Camps and Classic Director
Active with the Kickers organization for the past eight years, Andy joined the front office staff prior to the 2006 season as Director of Soccer Camps. He oversees the Richmond Kickers camp program, which includes over 60 camps at 15 locations throughout the Richmond metro area. As Classic Director, Andy is responsible for monitoring, observing, and advising all classic coaches as well as meeting with parents to address any issues or concerns.
A native of London, England, Andy received his BS in PE and Sports Science as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in Physical Education from Loughborough University. He also has his USSF “A” License and his NSCAA Technical Director License. In his spare time, Andy enjoys watching Premiership Soccer and Millwall FC as well as playing golf and Guitar Hero.