CofC soccer coach racks up the victories

Ralph Lundy ’73 MAEd ’76, head men’s soccer coach at the College of Charleston, surpassed the 400-win mark during his team’s 2010 season.

Ralph Lundy. Photo Courtesy of the College of Charleston.

At the end of the season, Lundy had compiled 402 victories and could claim the title of one of the top 10 winningest Division I men’s soccer coaches of all time.

Lundy has served just two programs during his 35-year career. He began coaching at Erskine College in South Carolina, and in 11 seasons compiled a 131-71-13 record and logged nine winning seasons and seven league championships. Lundy is now enshrined in the Erskine Athletics Hall of Fame and an annual soccer award is given in his honor.

In 1987, Lundy made the move to College of Charleston, and more than two decades later his successes continue to grow. He has recorded 18 winning seasons with the Cougars, leading the team to five Southern Conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances since the team’s 1991 transition to NCAA Division I status. Lundy also was the visionary behind the Patriots Point Complex, the College of Charleston’s athletic facility.

“I take great joy in building programs and establishing continuity,” Lundy said. “I’m passionate about taking something and making it grow. It’s just so much fun for me to see young men grow, mature and develop into leaders. When I recruit a player, I’m not just going to be his coach for four years, but 40 years.”