College of Charleston men’s soccer Head Coach Ralph Lundy on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, announced plans to retire after the conclusion of the 2019 season.
A dedicated leader, teacher and mentor to thousands of young men over the course of his 46-year overall coaching career, Lundy’s legacy will extend well beyond the game of soccer.
Lundy, who enters his 33rd year at the helm of CofC men’s soccer program, has built a career that has not only touched the lives of his student-athletes, but youth soccer in the state of South Carolina, throughout the Lowcountry and in the Southeast. He also spearheaded and helped develop the Patriots Point Athletic Complex project, before the facility’s opening in 2000 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
In recognition of his significant contributions, the College of Charleston will recognize and honor his Lundy’s service and commitment to the institution by naming the Cougars’ home soccer field Ralph Lundy Field. A dedication ceremony will be announced and held at a later date this season.
“Coach Lundy is a living legend in collegiate soccer and The College is fortunate to have benefited from his leadership for these many years,” said Randy Lowell ’95, current member of the College of Charleston Board of Trustees. “Through his tireless dedication and commitment to his players, he made them better on-and-off the field by building their character and helping them understand what is possible.
Lowell adds, “There is no more fitting tribute to a man – who has spent his entire career shaping young adults on the field to prepare them for life – than to dedicate the field in his honor.”
Lundy’s Cougar teams were immediately successful as soon as he set foot on campus in 1987. Since then, Lundy has amassed 321 victories at the College. He is currently the fourth-winningest coach among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories (451). CofC’s men soccer team has also made five NCAA Tournament appearances and won six conference championship titles under his leadership.
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