John Conway
John Conway
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (352) 588-8451

Coming to the Lions from Division I Saint Louis University, Conway was named the ninth head coach in program history on June 3, 2010. 

The 2014 season saw Conway’s team conclude the year with a record of 29-21, excelling on their home turf with a 16-4 record in games played at University Softball Stadium. The season was full of excellent performances on the diamond, including a no-hitter by junior pitcher Ashley Ehlers against Florida Southern and the All-Time Career Stolen Bases record falling to junior McKenzie Burns. Under Conway, the Lions were able to complete three series sweeps during the course of the 2014 schedule and bring home several awards, including  five All-SSC selections, two Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week awards, and six NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selections. 

During his third year Conways guided his team to its first ever Sunshine State Conference championship since the inception of the Sunshine State Conference softball championship in 1981. His efforts earned him the title of the 2013 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year. During the 40-16 season, the Lions batted .280 as a team, scored 263 runs, and collected  383 hits. The group also stole 142 bases, which broke Saint Leo's previous all-time team record for steals in a single season. After an outstanding regular season, the Lions earned a berth to the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament. In addition to the team's success, Coach Conway also taught two SSC Pitchers of the Week, seven All-Sunshine State Conference athletes, two NFCA All-South Region selections, and a Daktronics All-South Region First Team player.

In his second year, Conway led his bunch to a 22-win season.  During the 54-game campaign, the group batted .274 as a team, stole 88 bases, and connected on 94 extra-base hits. Finishing the year on a season-high four game winning streak, Conway directed a pair of All-Sunshine State Conference athletes, one SSC Athlete of the Week, a CoSIDA Academic All-District selectee and a Daktronics All-South Region.

Conway guided the Lions to a 25-29 overall record, including a 9-15 mark in the Sunshine State Conference in his initial season at the helm. His coaching techniques allowed the Lions to hit over .300 as a team and steal 111 bases. He guided the Lions to a season-high four game winning streak and saw the his team finish in the top-five in the nation in double plays turned (27).

Conway has constructed an extensive and distinguished coaching resume, commanding both Division III Fontbonne and Division I Saint Louis’ programs over the past seven seasons. During his tenure at Fontbonne, Conway stockpiled a 117-51 record, collected 40 St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference victories, made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and posted two NCAA Tournament wins. At Saint Louis University, Conway solidified himself as one of the top coaches in program history. He has instructed three Atlantic-10 First Team athletes, in addition to three second-team members and four All-Rookie affiliates. 

Conway came to Saint Leo after a record-setting 2010 season for the Bilikens as they ended the year with their first-ever 30-win year. 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 their 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 team asserted themselves as SLIAC Conference Tournament Champions, as well as achieving a program-best 33-13 record.

Another NCAA appearance was on tap for the Griffins in 2006, as they 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.

He is married to Kathy Conway, has three children, and currently resides in Land O'Lakes, Fla.