Cougars Lundy receives four-year contract extension

CofC coach Ralph Lundy received a four-year contract extension on Tuesday. (Wade Spees/postandcourier.com)

College of Charleston men’s soccer coach Ralph Lundy signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2019 season.

Lundy, who enters his 29th season with the Cougars, has led the program to 19 winning seasons, five conference championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Cougars have also been nationally ranked as high as No. 17 in the Soccer America Top 25 Poll in his tenure.

“I am very excited about this new contract,” Lundy said. “The College of Charleston is a great institution and I have great players. We are determined to win championships and can’t wait for the 2019 season to begin.”

The two-time conference coach of the year has compiled 432 career wins with the Cougars and Erskine. Lundy earned his 300th career victory as the College of Charleston head coach in a 1-0 shutout of No. 22-ranked Hofstra last season.

“Ralph is an exceptional coach who has an amazing passion for the program and the young men on his team,” said College of Charleston athletics director Joe Hull. “Through his camps, his involvement with youth soccer and his coaching career, Ralph has been a positive force in the lives of thousands of soccer players. He loves teaching the game. Expect CofC to compete for the CAA Championship and an NCAA berth next fall.”

Lundy’s 432 career victories puts him fourth all-time among active NCAA Division I head coaches behind South Carolina’s Mark Berson (483), Penn State’s Bob Warming (448) and Marshall’s Bob Gray (439). In addition, Lundy ranks amongst the Top 30 NCAA Division I coaches all-time in career victories.

“Our College of Charleston men’s soccer program has been successful for nearly 30 years due to the legacy of Ralph Lundy,” said College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell. “You do not often see that kind of success and longevity at one institution in college athletics. We are very fortunate to have such a coach of his caliber and knowledge of the game leading our young men on and off the field.”