Roanoke College

Roanoke College Dept. of Athletics
221 College Lane Salem, VA 24153
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Small Competitive team

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Ryan Pflugrad

Pflugrad, a Roanoke College soccer alumni, returned to Salem in 2013 to take over the head coaching role.


During his first five seasons back at his alma mater, Pflugrad has led RC to 58 wins and a 35-8-8 record in ODAC play. In 2014 and 2016, Pflugrad and the Maroons produced undefeated ODAC regular seasons. In 2017 the Maroons went 13-5-1 and 8-1 in the ODAC, capping a league-best four-year ODAC regular season run at 30-4-6 for that time period. Pflugrad was named the ODAC Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading RC to a 15-3-2 overall record and a 10-0-1 mark in the ODAC.


Under the guidance of Pflugrad, Maroon players have earned a total of 34 all-conference honors, including 14 First-Team All-ODAC selections. In addition, RC players have earned all-region accolades eight different times, including Marc Dinkel who in 2014 was a Second-Team All-American and the ODAC Player of the Year.


Before returning to Salem, Pflugrad spent six years as Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach at the University of Denver. While at the NCAA Division I program, Pflugrad put together five nationally ranked recruiting classes and helped build the program to two conference championships. He also coached the team to multiple national rankings, seven MLS SuperDraft picks and the school's first two NCAA Division I tournament appearances (2008, 2010).


Prior to his time in Denver, Pflugrad spent a year as Assistant Coach at Wake Forest University. In that year, the Demon Deacons won an ACC regular season championships and went to their first-ever NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup. He helped guide Wake Forest to an 18-3-4 record, with 10 wins over nationally ranked teams.


While earning his master's degree at Goucher College, he also served as Assistant Women's Soccer Coach from 2002-03. From there, Pflugrad moved to Johns Hopkins, serving as Director of Athletic Games Operations. In the fall of 2004, he took his first men's assistant coaching position at Elon University. He then returned to Goucher and served as Interim Head Women's Soccer coach in the spring of 2005. Pflugrad landed his last position before heading to Winston-Salem, at High Point University, where he was Assistant Men's Soccer Coach for 2005.


He coached with the North Carolina and Colorado ODP systems prior to coming back to his alma mater. Pflugrad was an assistant coach for the North Carolina 89 unit, which won an ODP National Championship in 2007 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. He also served as head coach for the 90, 91, 92 Colorado boys ODP teams. Pflugrad holds a USSF "B" License.


Pflugrad received his bachelor's degree from Roanoke College in 2002, where he was a four-year starter on the Maroons men's soccer team. He ranked highly in many statistical categories. The midfielder was a four-time All-ODAC performer, including first-team honors in his final two seasons. He was named team captain as a senior in 2001, leading the team to their first ODAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly a decade.

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Sheldon Blue

Sheldon Blue joined the Roanoke Men's Soccer program in June of 2019.


Blue, who assists head coach Ryan flugrad in all facets of Maroons program, arrives in Salem after a two-year stint at his alma mater Wesley College (Del.) where he served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams.


In 2018, the Wolverines men's team was named the most improved team in NCAA Division III men's soccer for the 2018 season. Wesley recorded an 11.5-game turnaround from the 2017 season to the 2018 season, which tied the 1999 University of Puget Sound Loggers for the largest single-season improvement in NCAA Division III history.


"We are excited to welcome Sheldon to the Roanoke Soccer Family," Pflugrad. "Sheldon's previous successful coaching experiences, high work ethic and strong character will all serve our program and student athletes here at Roanoke College well."


Prior to Wesley, Blue was the head coach of Cumberland County College in Vineland, N.J. during the 2016 season. Blue headed all coaching, fundraising, eligibility, discipline and practice management for the Dukes.


Prior to his tenure at Cumberland, Blue was an assistant boys' varsity coach at Buena Regional High School in Buena, N.J. during the 2015 season.


A team captain his senior year, Blue was named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Second Team in 2013. Blue was also a Dean's List student at Wesley and earned All-CAC Academic Honor Roll accolades three times during his undergraduate years.


Blue earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Wesley in May 2015. He recently earned his Master of Science degree in Sport Leadership from Wesley as well.

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