College of Charleston Director of Athletics Joe Hull announced on Tuesday that head coach of men’s soccer Ralph Lundy has signed a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2019 season.
Lundy has led the Cougars to 19 winning seasons in his 29 seasons as head coach, including five conference championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Prior to coming to the College, Lundy spent 11 successful years coaching at Erskine College, finishing with a 131-71-13 record.
On Oct. 17, 2015, Lundy earned victory number 300 at the College in a shutout of No. 22-ranked Hofstra. Overall, he ranks fourth among active NCAA Division I head coaches in career victories (432) behind South Carolina’s Mark Berson (483), Penn State’s Bob Warming (448) and Marshall’s Bob Gray (439).
Last season, the Cougars earned a home game in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 2013. Despite losing in the first round (3-2) to James Madison, the team will return five of the six players who received All-CAA honors in 2015.
Junior goalkeeper Kevin Shields earned a spot on the All-CAA First-Team while junior forward Nico Rittmeyer and sophomore defender Cesar Murillo received Second-Team notice. Sophomore defender Leland Archer was tabbed to the All-CAA Third-Team while senior Tucker Coons earned All-Academic Team recognition.
In addition to the returners, this year’s four player recruiting class includes three from South Carolina. Along the defensive line, 6-foot-3 defender Cole Gulledge (Murrells Inlet) joins the Cougars after spending four seasons in the Charleston Battery Academy. While Owen Myers (Aiken) and Andrew Place (Elgin) look to help the Cougars offense after being all-regional selections last season. Joining the South Carolinians is Hunter Mudd (Edwardsville, Illinois), who has become an excellent weapon on the left flank in six years of competition at St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy.