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Glinton Headed to Valley Hall of Fame
Release: Wednesday 03/07/2014 

ST. LOUIS - One of two student-athletes in any sport in Missouri Valley Conference history honored as a four-year All-American will become the second men's soccer player inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame. Bradley Soccer star Gavin Glinton will be enshrined as part of a five-person MVC Hall of Fame class Friday during the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship.

Glinton becomes the eighth Bradley individual to me inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame and is joined in the Class of 2014 by Southern Illinois baseball player Steve Finley, Northern Iowa track and field coach Chris Bucknam, Illinois State coach and administrator Dr. Linda Herman and Indiana State coach and administrator Bob King.  Johnny Torres, a two-time national player of the year from Creighton, is the only other men's soccer player in the MVC Hall of Fame, while Bradley's list of MVC Hall of Famers includes Joe Allen, Mitchell Anderson, Hersey Hawkins, Chuck Orsborn, A.J. Robertson, Paul Unruh and Chet Walker.  In addition, Glen McCullough was recognized with the Paul Morrison Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Starring for the Braves from 1998-2001, Glinton remains the only four-year All-American in Bradley Athletics history and joins legendary Missouri State women's basketball player Jackie Stiles as the only four-year All-Americans in Missouri Valley Conference history. He remains far-and-away Bradley's all-time leader in both total points (133, second is 84) and goals (53, second is 32), graduating as The Valley's all-time leader in both categories. He is now second in league history with his 133 points and 53 goals.

Joining a program that had managed only one MVC win in four years, Glinton paced The Valley with 15 goals as a freshman in 1998 while leading the Braves to their first regular-season league title. The 1998 team's 14-2-2 record remains the best in program history and the squad cracked the national top 25 rankings for the first time ever after a pair of 1-0 victories versus Creighton and Drake secured the league title.

Glinton added 15 more goals during the 2000 season to lead the Braves to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Overall, Glinton led the Braves to a 51-26-5 (.652) overall record, including a 21-12-1 (.632) conference mark.

Still the only four-year, first-team All-MVC selection in the league's men's soccer history, Glinton was selected in the second round of the 2002 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy and he played parts of four seasons in MLS with the Galaxy, Dallas and San Jose as part of eight overall seasons of professional soccer experience. He also earned six international CAPS playing for his native Turks & Caicos, including one in the island nation's first-ever international victory during the 2006 Digicel Caribbean Cup.

Inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, Glinton currently resides in Brentwood, Calif., where he works as the program coordinator for the Impact Soccer Club.

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