Head Coach John Conway
The University of Detroit Mercy Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of John Conway as the Titans' head softball coach. Conway takes over in Detroit after serving as the head coach at Saint Leo University for the last four seasons.
During his time at Saint Leo, Conway guided the Green and Gold softball program to its first ever Sunshine State Conference championship in 2013 after posting a 40-16 overall record and leading his squad to a NCAA regional appearance. The 2013 SSC Coach of the Year led the Lions to a 116-98 overall record during his tenure.
Conway joined Saint Leo after a record-setting 2010 season for the Saint Louis Bilikens as they ended the year with their first-ever 30-win campaign. The team finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 by winning 12 conference contests and wrapped-up the season by posting a pair of victories at the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
In his first full season at the helm, Conway made an immediate impact for Saint Louis, leading the squad to a program-record 29 wins in 2007. In the midst of breaking 25 team and individual records, the squad earned its first appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship and closed the campaign with a second-place conference finish.
The Bilikens followed with a third-place Atlantic 10 finish in 2008. The team registered an 11-8 conference mark, as well as posting the program's first back-to-back 20 win seasons (23 wins). The highlight of their season, however, came at the conference championships when the No. 3-seeded Bilikens made a run to the conference title game.
He led Saint Louis to a 12-6 conference mark and concluded 2009 with a third-place finish.
Conway began his collegiate coaching stretch in 2003 at Fontbonne University. While at Fontbonne, Conway turned a three-win squad in 2002 into a conference champion as his team registered a 23-14 record. As a result, the group chronicled its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. He garnered St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Coach of the Year and NCAA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
Following a second-place conference finish in 2004, Conway led the Griffins to their second NCAA tournament appearance in three years. On the march to the NCAA's, the Griffins asserted themselves as SLIAC Conference Tournament Champions, as well as achieving a program-best 33-13 record.
Another NCAA appearance was on tap for Fontbonne in 2006, as it once again snapped the school record for wins in a season with 34. In conference action, Conway's group amassed an 11-1 mark, while finishing the campaign as SLIAC Coach of the Year for the second time.
Still, his coaching career goes beyond the college ranks, as he helmed some of the best club and travel league teams in the Midwest. He led a pair of national powerhouses, St. Louis Chaos and the St. Louis Sluggers, to multiple Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and National Softball Association (NSA) regional and national appearances.
Conway received his undergraduate degree in business management/administration from Tarkio (Mo.) College in 1989 and has also served our nation as a member of the United States Coast Guard.