Richard Luden is the first athletic director for West Ashley High School. He was born and raised in the Charleston area having attended public schools in CCSD . He is a 1972 graduate of St. Andrews Parish High School. He graduated from The College of Charleston in 1976 and received his M.Ed. degree from the Citadel in 1980.
Coach Luden began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1977 as an assistant basketball coach where he stayed until the merger of the two former high schools into West Ashley High School. Richard became the athletic director at St. Andrews in 1996. He has coached a variety of sports over his career, including tennis, football, basketball (both boys and girls) and boys track. His track team in 1999 won the AAA State Championship. Since the opening of West Ashley, he has mainly been involved with the boys track program, having several of his former athletes win all state honors and national elite honors. The most satisfying accomplishment in track has been the establishment of the Sandlapper Track & Field Classic. The meet has grown to become one of the finest track meets held in the Southeast.
During Coach Luden’s tenure as athletic director at West Ashley, he has seen his athletic teams win 4 State Championships along with many Region Championships at the AAAA level. The athletic program continues to grow with the addition of girls golf and girls lacrosse several years ago. The girl’s soccer program has won 3 state Championships and the volleyball team has won 1 state championship and finished runner up once.
On a personal note, Richard is married to the former Norma Huckabee for almost 40 years. Together, they raised two daughters Lindsay and Meredith, both of which also graduated St. Andrews Parish High School. Richard & Norma are now the proud grandparents of two wonderful young men Jackson and Cooper Welch (ages 8 and 6). They are charter members of the “Bleacher Creatures”. Richard enjoys his “poppa days” with his grandsons.
Athletic Director: Richard Luden
4060 Wildcat Blvd
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: (843) 573-1220