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

Wall enters his fourth season as head coach for men's soccer at Lees-McRae College in 2018.

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 of the Premier Development League. He helped the second year program set single season records in wins, and total points within league play. Previously, he was the head coach for the West Virginia Chaos. In his two years with the Chaos, 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 of the United Soccer League. Wall, also spends time coaching at the youth level as the head coach for the North Carolina Olympic Development Program, 2004 boys age group.

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 C License with the United States Soccer Federation."

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

Seth Lowther
Seth Lowther
Title: Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: (828) 898-8801

Lowther is set to begin his third season as LMC's assistant men's soccer coach in the fall of 2018. 

“Having someone with Seth’s experience and character has me excited about the future of our men’s soccer program,” praised McPhail. “In meeting with him, I was energized by his passion for people, the caring spirit is something our young men will benefit greatly from and I am most encouraged by seeing him and Coach (Rich) Wall lead our team.”

Lowther holds a deep knowledge of Conference Carolinas and the Southeast Region after serving as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Belmont Abbey from June 2008 to Nov. 2014. He was responsible for providing professional assistance to the head coach and adhering to the goals and mission of BAC and the men’s soccer program by recruiting, scheduling, scouting, on-field coaching, team travel, game administration, BAC and NCAA compliance, academic monitoring and match analysis.

"I'm delighted to have Seth join the men's soccer coaching staff. His contributions to the program will be positive, and help restore a necessary balance that was missing a season ago,” said Wall. “He's already making an impact with our goalkeepers, and I'm excited about the current trajectory of the men's soccer program." 

While at BAC, he promoted community involvement and worked closely with the alumni base to cultivate their involvement with the college. He served as an advocate of sportsmanship by teaching values that reflect positively on individual and team participation. 

He led the men’s reserve program for the Crusaders while establishing the team in 2009. Lowther was responsible for all operational aspects. 

Lowther served as the director of goalkeeping at the Gaston United Soccer Club from the spring of 2010 to Nov. 2014. He oversaw and provided training to all goalkeepers while distributing evaluations of progress throughout the year.

Since 2008, he has been a personal goalkeeper trainer and has led the likes of Sean O’Connor, Brian Alenky and Jonathon Davis. Davis was a U14 U.S. National Team goalkeeper.

Lowther graduated in May 2008 with a sports management degree from BAC while playing for its men’s soccer program. He garnered CVAC all-conference honorable mention in 2006 while posting four shutouts in his four-year career. In 2007, he posted a 1.09 goals against average; which was 43rd best in the country.

“I am incredibly excited about the great opportunity to work with Lees-McRae College and the men’s soccer program. It is such an honor and privilege serving a very well-respected and successful program in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region,” said Lowther. “I want to thank Craig McPhail and Rich Wall for the invitation to join the family here at Lees-McRae. The potential here is outstanding and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”