FORMER Malahide United player and current NDSL manager Paul Tighe has been inducted into Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame in New Jersey, USA.
The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University.
“It was a great opportunity for me to travel, play football and further my education,” Tighe said of the award. “The University had just started its men’s Soccer Program and we lay the foundations for their continued success today.
“The university is currently on a recruitment drive and is looking for midfielders, wingers, and strikers for next season. They are currently considering players from Under-19 Bundesliga teams and international schoolboy players from New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.”
Tighe came to Caldwell University on a soccer scholarship from Ireland in 1991 to play for the Cougars’ first men’s soccer programme. Tighe was scouted while playing for his local club, Malahide United, at schoolboy level.
In his first season, he quickly emerged as the team’s main offensive weapon, scoring 14 goals and four assists.
He was selected four times as a four-time all-conference star and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.
That season, the Cougars won the CACC regular-season title and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. Tighe is the university’s all-time leading scorer with 40 goals and 96 points – a total of goals and assists – in his stellar career.
He was honoured with the award recently at an event hosted by Cougar Pride which ran the fifth annual Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday.
The event was held at the Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, New Jersey and saw Tighe honoured alongside representatives from women’s and men’s basketball, softball and baseball.
The members of the Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame are selected by the Hall of Fame committee, consisting of student-athlete alumni, Cougar Pride board members, athletics administrators and staff.
Elsewhere, the club extended their unbeaten run in the LSL Sunday Senior division to four games with a 1-1 draw away to table-topping Drumcondra.