Head coach Ralph Lundy continues to build his legacy at College of Charleston as he enters his 30th year as the head coach of the Cougars and 41st as a head coach overall with the start of the 2016 season in the fall.
Lundy has compiled a career record of 432-311-55, including a 302-240-42 mark at CofC. He ranks in the top-30 amongst Division I coaches all-time in wins, and currently ranks fourth in victories among active Division I coaches.
Lundy has led the Cougars to 19 winning seasons in his tenure. Since the team's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I status in 1991, he has led CofC to five conference championships and five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Most recently, the Cougars earned the Southern Conference's second ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. The Cougars hosted the first ever NCAA Tournament event at the College of Charleston and downed East Tennessee State University in the opening round.
Prior to that, the Cougars were crowned Southern Conference Champions in 2004 to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Charleston defeated South Carolina 3-2 in the first round before falling to conference rival UNC Greensboro, 2-1 in the second round of the tournament. The Cougars finished the 2004 season ranked 20th in the nation by the Coaches' Poll and College Soccer News and 25th by Soccer America.
Lundy has ushered the Cougars into a new era, as he has overseen the program's transition into the Colonial Athletic Association over the past two seasons. In two seaons, eight players have earned All-CAA honors under Lundy.
During CofC's time in the Southern Conference, Lundy had 16 players named to the Southern Conference All-Conference First Team, with four earning repeat selections. Additionally, 18 of his athletes have been named to the Southern Conference All-Tournament Team and Ben Hollingsworth was named tournament MVP in 2004. Additionally, there are currently eight products of Lundy's system playing soccer in the professional ranks.
Lundy's teams appeared in the Southern Conference tournament 12 times since Charleston joined the league in 1998. The Cougars have compiled a 12-10 record in the conference tournament while advancing to the final match three times. The Cougars met the Davidson Wildcats in back-to-back finals in 2003 and 2004. CofC also appeared in the conference finals in 2008 where the team battled UNC Greensboro.
Prior to joining the Southern Conference, the Cougars were a member of the Trans-America Athletic Conference for six years. Lundy's team won four straight TAAC Championships from 1993-96 and earned bids to the NCAA Tournament in 1994-96. He was named the TAAC Coach of the Year back-to-back years (1993-94).
The Cougars recorded a perfect 8-0 conference mark in 1994 against one of the toughest schedules in school history. Charleston won its second straight TAAC Championship and had six players placed on the All-TAAC Team. CofC earned its first NCAA Tournament victory over Charlotte (1-0) and advanced all the way to the quarterfinals before falling to UCLA, 3-2.
In 1995, Charleston earned its first national ranking, debuting at No. 17 in the Soccer America poll. The Cougars remained ranked throughout the season, finishing 19th in the nation. After capturing its third straight TAAC championship, CofC appeared in its second consecutive NCAA Tournament, falling 2-0 to Clemson.
Cougars' Damon Richvalsky earned tournament MVP honors as Lundy's team claimed its fourth TAAC title in as many years in 1996. After defeating nationally-ranked competitors Duke and Florida International in the regular season, CofC finished the season ranked 24th in the nation before falling to Charlotte in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Lundy began his coaching career at Erskine College in 1976. Over 11 years he compiled a 131-71-13 with 10 winning seasons. He led the Flying Fleet to seven district titles and three NAIA National Tournaments. Lundy was inducted into the Erskine Athletics Hall of Fame and an annual soccer award is given in his honor.
The North Carolina native was a three-sport athlete at Western Carolina, where he competed in soccer, wrestling and baseball for the Catamounts. He helped a team that compiled a 1-6-1 record in its inaugural season to an 8-2 record in 1970 and a trip to the NAIA District V playoffs. He served as co-captain of the team in 1971 and led the Catamounts to a 7-2-2 performance. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1972.
After a two-year stint with the U.S. Marine Corps, Lundy returned to Cullowhee, N.C. as a graduate assistant to get his master's degree in physical education.
Prior to attending Western Carolina, Lundy spent two seasons at Brevard College where he played baseball and soccer. In 2006, he was enshrined in both the Brevard College and Western Carolina Halls of Fame.
Lundy resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Elizabeth. They have three children: Harper, Ralphie and Lettie. Ralphie played for his father at CofC from 2009-12.
COACH LUNDY'S ALL TIME RECORD
NAIA Record (1976-1990) - 180-102-18 (.630)
Record at Erskine - 130-71-13 (.638)
* - CofC Division I Era runs 1991-Present