One of the best defensive soccer players to play at Old Dominion University. Neil Paynter was Co-Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Year in 1991 and the League's Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Bermuda native was a first team All-CAA selection, first team All-South Region pick and the team's Most Valuable Player.
As a senior in 1991, Paynter was the Monarchs top defender and scored scored four goals as well. Old Dominion compiled its best record ever at 18-2-2, captured the school's first CAA Championship and ranked ninth nationally in the final collegiate soccer polls. After capturing the CAA crown with a 1-0 victory over James Madison, the Monarchs advanced to the NCAA Tournament and played at Rutgers. Defense was the name of the game for Old Dominion as they allowed only nine goals all year while scoring 45.
As a junior, Paynter helped lead the Monarchs to the 1990 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship. The Monarchs tough defense registered nine shutouts that season.
After graduating, Paynter was a member of the Bermuda national soccer team which played the U.S. Olympic team in front of a sellout crowd at the Monarchs soccer complex. Paynter graduated with a degree in recreation and leisure studies and returned to his native Bermuda.