Ralph Polson has been coaching at the collegiate level for some 35 years (25 as a head coach). He just completed his 10th season as head men's coach at Wofford College. The Terriers finished 2016 with a 12-7-0 record. In 2014, Polson won his 250 career game as a head coach. In 2013, he led Wofford to their 2nd Southern Conference Championship in the past five years. In 2012, the Wofford Terriers finished the season as Runners-up in the Southern Conference Tournament Championship. In 2009, the Wofford Terriers won the Southern Conference Regular season championship and SoCon Tournament Championship, earning a berth in the NCAA Men's Div I National Tournament. During the 2008 season Polson reached a coaching milestone, winning his 200th career game as a college head coach. Prior to taking over at Wofford in February of 2008, he spent eight years as the Associate Head Coach at the College of Charleston. He helped lead the Cougars to the Southern Conference Tournament Championship and a bid to the NCAA Men's College Cup in 2004. He served as the head coach at Presbyterian College for 17 years prior to his arrival at CofC in 2000. He was the winningest coach in the history of the South Atlantic Conference, winning four conference championships and participating in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Coach Polson is a Past President of the United Soccer Coaches, having served as the Organization's President in 2012. He has also served as an instructor for the United Soccer Coaches GK Diploma courses and NSCAA Special Topics courses. He currently serves as the National Chairman for the United Soccer Coaches Men's Senior College All-America Committee. He is a former Director of Coaching for the SCYSA Boys State Select Team Program and a member of the USYSA Region III Olympic Development Program coaching staff. He holds a USSF "A" license. He has been a member of the RLSA staff since 1977.