Friday, January 18, 2013

Kickers Announce Cowlishaw Returning For 14th Season

The Richmond Kickers of USL PRO announced Friday head coach Leigh Cowlishaw will return for his 14th season in 2013 and he has named Ihor Dotsenko as assistant coach and Sascha Gorres as player/assistant coach.

Cowlishaw has taken the Kickers to the postseason 12 of his past 13 seasons, winning the league title twice (2006 and 2009) and reaching the championship game six times (2002, 2005,2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).

He played on the Kickers' 1995 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup championship team and led them to four quarterfinal appearances (2001, 2004, 2007, 2011) and a semifinal finish in 2011, where they eliminated five Major League Soccer teams along the way,

Dotsenko, who played four seasons over three stints there (1998, 2002-03, 2006) has been with the Kickers in a coaching capacity since 1998 and has been their technical director since 2003.

He also played in USL First Division for the Lehigh Valley Steam, Raleigh Capital Express and Atlanta Silverbacks, in Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City, and in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Philadelphia Kixx.

A native of Kiev, Ukraine, he maintains career records for points (46) and goals (18) at Wake Forest, where he graduated in 1997.

Gorres, a native of Flensburg, Germany, had a goal and four assists in 2012, led the Kickers to eight shutouts and was the only player to play every minute of every game.

He is a two-time All-League Second Team player and was a finalist for USL PRO Defender of the Year in 2008.

Gorres remains in second place on Richmond's all-time career assists list with 40 and in sixth place n the all-time career points list with 72 and on the all-time games played list at over 200.

He won numerous awards in college at University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he still holds a school record for career assists at 28, and scored the game-winning goal to send the school to their first NCAA Final Four appearance.




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