College of Charleston

College of Charleston Athletics
301 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29424
Division 1 South Carolina Southeast
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Ralph Lundy

Head coach Ralph Lundy continues to build his legacy at College of Charleston as he enters his 32nd year as the head coach of the Cougars and 43rd as a head coach overall with the start of the 2018 season in the fall.


Lundy has compiled a career record of 446-326-62, including a 316-255-49 mark at CofC. He ranks in the top-25 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.

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Keith Wiggans

College of Charleston alum Keith Wiggans (’04) was promoted to Associate Head Coach of the men’s soccer program on June 19, 2018.


“Coach Wiggans is an excellent coach, who gives so much to our program and student-athletes,” Head Coach Ralph Lundy said. “His great experience adds so much to our players and the quality of our results. He is the most committed Cougar.”


This fall, Wiggans will enter his 10th season on Lundy’s coaching staff having previously spent nine years as an assistant coach leading CofC to a NCAA Tournament appearance and Southern Conference Championship title in 2010. Twenty-eight players have been named all-conference during his time with the Cougars along with several who have moved on to the professional ranks.


A former men’s soccer standout at The College, Wiggans produced a freshman All-American goalkeeper in Kees Heemskerk in 2010 in addition to goalkeeper Kevin Shields being named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team in 2015 and All-CAA Second Team in 2017.


“I have been fortunate enough to be a part of this amazing program for 15 years,” Wiggans said. “Coach Lundy has helped me grow as a coach and even more as an individual. I want to thank Coach and Director of Athletics Matt Roberts for my promotion.”


Wiggans supervises goalkeeper training as well as the recruiting responsibilities, budgeting, scheduling and day-to-day operations of the program.


Prior to CofC, Wiggans spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the West Virginia men’s soccer program and received his master’s degree in athletics coaching education.


While at West Virginia, the Mountaineers posted a 15-3-3 record in 2006 with a perfect 9-0-1 record in Big East Conference play, marking the first time in conference history that a team went undefeated playing at least a 10-game conference schedule.


Wiggans and the staff were named the 2006 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year as the Mountaineers spent eight weeks ranked in the Top 10 nationally including five in the Top 5 and earning a ranking as high as No. 3. Under his tutelage, Nick Noble, earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Year as well as First Team NSCAA All-American honors.


Originally from Athens, Ga., Wiggans closed out his college career with the Cougars as one of the most-decorated goalkeepers in school history. As a three-year starter, he posted a 41-16-5 record and helped lead Charleston to its first-ever Southern Conference title as well as a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.


Wiggans was a four-year member of the All-SoCon Academic Honor Roll, two-time member of the SoCon All-Tournament and All-Conference Teams as well as a two-time NSCAA All-South Region Second Team selection. He still holds the school record for career goals against average (0.99), wins (41), shutouts (23) and saves (269).


After completing his college career, Wiggans played seven seasons for the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League (USL) First Division.


A 2004 College of Charleston graduate, he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication. He and his wife, Alice Keeney Wiggans, who played on the CofC women's soccer team, reside in Charleston and have two daughters, Zoe and Quinn.

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Tam McGowan

Tam McGowan was promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2016 season after spending his first year with the College of Charleston in a volunteer capacity. He also lends his services to the United Soccer Academy in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.


Before becoming a coach, Tam captained the Cougars back in 2013 when he started all 18 games for the squad. Tam helped the Cougars transition into their first season in the Colonial Athletic Association by being named a second-team All-CAA selection and voted team MVP.


2012 was McGowan's first season at The College, he started all 19 games and logged 1653 minutes (87 minutes per game) while suring up the central defense in the cougar backline.


Before Charleston: Captain of Cloud County Community College soccer team for two seasons... led Cloud to the 2011 National Junior College National Championship... helped his team post 17 shutouts and suffer only one loss in their national championship season... selected to the 2010 and '11 KJCCC all-conference second team... selected to the 2010 and '11 NJCAA Region VI second team... prior to joining Cloud, played with the Scottish Regional team... captained his high school towards winning the North Lanarkshire Region... played his club soccer with Townhead AFC and helped his side win the Scottish Cup.


Personal: Full name is Thomas McGowan... the son of Teresa and John McGowan... one of four children with siblings named Kevin, Carly Jane, and Holli... born April 29, 1990... lists his favorite athlete as Carlos Puyol.

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