Rich Wall
Rich Wall
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: (828) 898-8801

Wall enters his fifth season as head coach for men's soccer at Lees-McRae College in 2019.

Wall led the Bobcats to an 8-7-2 finish in 2018, which qualified the Bobcats for the Conference Carolinas tournament. He had one league Player of the Week selection in Pol Vassart (Oct. 8), while also coaching Vassart to numerous other athletic and academic accolades. Vassart was a First Team All-Conference selection, as well as the league's Offensive Player of the Year and the league's Fall Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's soccer. Vassart was also a Google Cloud Academic All-District selection, ad a Third Team Academic All-American. Harvey McMorrow and Augustin Ortiz were also All-Conference under Wall's tutelage. The trio also received several All-Region accolades, while Vassart and McMorrow were named to the NCCSIA All-State Team. 16 men's soccer players were named to the Conference Carolinas Fall Presidential Honor Roll, while four were also named to the Academic All-Conference Team. In addition to his coaching success on the pitch, Wall was named as an United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 selection. Launched in 2013, the 30 Under 30 Program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity designed to support members of the coaching profession who are under and/or up to the age of 30.

In 2017, Wall helped the Bobcats return to the forefront of the Conference Carolinas and Southeast Regional competition. Wall guided LMC to a national ranking as high as No. 12 in mid-September, had three conference players of the week, led LMC to a second place finish in the conference. Six different LMC players earn recognition by the league after the regular season. The trio of Tom Deeley, Pol Vassart and Harvey McMorrow were all named First Team All-Conference, Johannes Oeksnevad was named the league's freshman of the year, while also garnering second team all-league recognition, and seniors Nathan Watt and James Morgan were named to the third team. Wall's student-athletes also received recognition at the regional and national level. Deely, McMorrow and Watt all landed spots on the All-Region team, while Deeley was named Second Team All-American by the D2CCA. 

Wall's second season with the Bobcats saw LMC go 5-14-0 and 4-6-0 in conference play. Despite finishing below .500 in league play, Wall helped LMC earn their second straight trip to the Conference Carolinas semifinals. Wall had three players earn All-Conference Carolinas with one of those players (Tom Deeley) earning All-Region honors. Wall also helped lead the Bobcats off the field as 22 players were named to the conference's Presidential Honor Roll and eight earned Academic All-Conference. 

In his first season, Wall produced a squad that garnered six-players All-Conference Carolinas selections, and the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year - James Abraham, whom also was named to the NSCAA All-Region team. The team finished with an overall record of 11-7 (7-3), third place in the Conference table, and reached the Conference Carolinas Semifinal match. 

“We have found a young man with great recruiting skills, personality and a desire to be successful at the NCAA DII level,” praised McPhail. “Rich is well-known in North Carolina and it became apparent he was the right man for the job after consulting with many people. He understands our rich history and will make all very proud.”

Currently, he is the assistant coach for the Tri-Cities FC Otters members of USL League Two, a club he joined prior to the 2017 season. In 2019, Wall’s third season with the Otters, he helped the club improve for a third successive season as they continue to set club records in wins, and total points within league play. On May 15th, 2019, Wall stepped in for an absent David Strickland and guided the Otters to a 1-0 victory over Wake FC. Previously, he was most recently the head coach for the West Virginia Alliance FC (2015-2016). In his two years with the Alliance, the club posted an 11-16-5 overall mark, and reached the 2nd Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during the 2015 campaign before being eliminated by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds members of the USL Championship. Wall, also spent time coaching at the youth level, most recently as the head coach for the North Carolina Olympic Development Program, 2004 boys age group. Wall was involved with ODP from 2013-2018.

Wall spent the 2014-2015 season as the men’s soccer assistant coach at Brevard College. He was the director for recruitment of student-athletes, developed session plans for the first team and reserve team training, built scouting reports and spearheaded the travel and recruiting budget.

During a four-month stint in Harrison, N.J., Wall was a training programs coach at the New York Red Bull Academy and was in charge of team training U5-U14 boys and girls for the Plainedge Soccer Club as well as ball mastery sessions for U7-U13. He led spring camps and clinics in the Long Island region.

From Jan. 2013 to March 2014, Wall served as the men’s soccer assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College and the associate director of coaching for U11-U14 boys at Waxhaw Soccer Club.

In 2012, he was the director of soccer operations for the men’s soccer squad at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.

“I want to thank President Buxton, and Vice President McPhail for this tremendous opportunity. I am excited to be part of the Bobcat family, and the men's soccer program,” said Wall. “I hope to build on the momentum that Coach Squires and Rusling have established for the program going into this season. This group of student-athletes I am inheriting are optimistic and are hungry to take this program to the next level, and as a coach, you cannot ask for anything more.” 

Wall's playing career includes one season in the Premier Development League, for the West Virginia Chaos.

During his college career, he was a midfielder for Gardner-Webb University from 2009-2011, seeing action in 55 of 57 possible matches over the three seasons. His brightest moments on the pitch include goals in the 2009, and 2011 Big South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals against Winthrop, a game-winning assist in the 2010 Big South Quarterfinals also against Winthrop, an assist in the 2011 Big South Conference Tournament Championship against Liberty, and the game-winning assist at Clemson in 2009 for the schools first ever win against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe.

Prior to being a student-athlete, Wall made 15 appearances as a freshman at Wingate University in the fall of 2008.

At the youth level, Wall won a U.S. Club Soccer National Championship in 2006, and that same year competed with the U-19 Charlotte Eagles abroad in the Holland Cup hosted in Almere, Netherlands.

Wall is a Gardner-Webb graduate in sport management, and has earned the United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, and has a Goalkeeper Level II certification. Additionally, Wall holds a National B License with the United States Soccer Federation."

Rich is married to Jessica Wall and they reside in Banner Elk.