USL News Release
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced that former Charleston Battery forward Paul Conway will be inducted as one of two new members of the Player category during the USL Hall of Fame ceremony at the USL Annual General Meeting this November.
Conway will be joined by one other player which will be announced Thursday. Leigh Cowlishaw of the Richmond Kickers is being inducted as a Coach and the Charlotte Lady Eagles, Ottawa Fury and Thunder Bay Chill will also be recognized 10+ Clubs for completing 10 years of competition.
In the early part of the decade Paul Conway was one of the preeminent strikers in the USL First Division, finishing among the leading scorers on a regular basis.
Having joined the Charleston Battery in 1998, he hit his peak of success in 2000-01. After an All-League Second Team selection in 1999 with 14 goals and five assists, Conway went on to win back-to-back Scoring and Goal Scoring Championships as well as the 2001 Most Valuable Player honor.
He finished tied for first for the scoring honors in 2000 with 17 goals (Greg Howes, Johnny Menyongar) and 42 points (Digital Takawira). The following year he claimed the honors solo with 22 goals and 47 points. He was an All-League First Team selection both years.
Conway didn’t win the elusive USL-1 championship until two years later when the Battery claimed the 2003 USL First Division title, defeating the Minnesota Thunder 3-0 after seeing his four-year streak of finishing as the team’s leading scorer end. He played one more season in Charleston and still ranks as the club’s all-time leading scorer in goals, assists and points with figures nearly double those behind him.
In 2005, Conway moved to finish his career with the Portland Timbers, where his father was serving as an assistant coach. He scored just one goal in his limited action on the year, but finished his USL-1 career with 79 goals and 29 assists in 178 regular season matches, logging just under 15,000 minutes played.
Before the Battery, the Hartwick College (1988-92) All-American represented the United States at the U23 and B Levels and went on to play in England with some success at the lower tiers. He helped lead Carlisle United FC (1993-97) to the League Championship in 1995 and to two League Cup Finals appearances in 1995 and 1997, winning the cup in 1997. He moved on to Northampton Town FC the following season (1997-98) before returning to the US.
“I am very honored and proud to be recognized for my contribution to the USL,” said Conway. “My years in Charleston and brief time in Portland provided many memorable and enjoyable moments. As the USL continues to play an important role in the development of soccer throughout North America and beyond, being recognized as an individual who helped contribute, albeit in a small way, is personally very rewarding.”
Following his retirement Conway returned to Charleston, where he currently resides with his wife Jennifer and daughters, Madeleine (13) and Gwendolyn (9). He is a practicing attorney with most of his work involving corporate transactional work for energy corporations. He is still involved with the community through the Big Brother/Big Sister Mentoring Program and his service asTechnical Advisor for Cainhoy Soccer Club. Conway also occasionally serves as a color commentator for USL on Fox Soccer Channel broadcasts.
Conway will join 19 previous Players inducted into the USL Hall of Fame, joining Chris Armas (inducted 2002), Mark Baena (2003), Marcelo Balboa (2006), Mike Cook (2006), Steve Famiglietta (2006), Julie Foudy (2006), Charmaine Hooper (2002), Saeed Kadkhodaian (2006), Manny Lagos (2006), Amos Magee (2008), Brian McBride (2002), Chris Melton (2006), Greg Nichols (2006), Pat Onstad (2008), Tony Sanneh (2002), Giovanni Savarese (2007), David Swissler (2006), Rob Ukrop (2007) and Kim Wyant (2003).