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|Embry Riddle names Ken Ramsey as head wrestling coach|
By Embry Riddle Sports Information
Ken Ramsey, an Ohio State native, accepted the position as Head Wrestling Coach of the Embry Riddle Eagles early Monday the 15th of May ending the search for the vacant position left open when John Petty (2003-2006) left to coach at Northwestern College in Iowa.
"We are thrilled that Ken has joined the ERAU coaching team," commented Athletic Director Larry Stephan. "He brings with him a wealth of experience, both as a coach and as an athlete and I expect that he will enhance and generate the recent success of our wrestling program."
Ken was most recently on the coaching staff at the Ohio State University where he helped lead the Buckeyes to a 3rd place finish in 2004 and was in large part responsible for the success and accomplishments of five NCAA Champions and twenty-five NCAA All-Americans. Before his ten year stint at OSU, Coach Ramsey was the second assistant at Purdue University, another NCAA Division I Big Ten school. While at Purdue, Coach Ramsey helped lead the team to a 16th place finish in the NCAA National Tournament and also helped mold three All-Americans and two Academic All-Big Ten selections.
During his time at OSU, Coach Ramsey became known for his ability to recruit and retain quality student-athletes, even posting the 3rd best recruiting class in the country in 2004. "His long history of success in the wrestling world will undoubtedly help bring in some of the best young wrestlers in the country and we are confident that he will build and surpass the 5th Place finish from 2006," said Larry Stephan of Coach Ramsey's ability to recruit and generate success in this already top performing sport at ERAU.
Coach Ramsey also brings with him tremendous personal success in the sport of wrestling. He was a four time Ohio State Champion before heading to OSU where he was a two time All-American. Up until 2000, he still wrestled competitively and was a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle, a Sunkist International Champion in 163 lbs and a Final Olympic Trials participant in 152 lbs. He will be joining the Eagles the 1st of June and has already begun recruiting for the squad.
Coach Ramsey's Wrestling Accomplishments
2000 -Final Olympic Trials Participant, 152 lbs.
2000 - South Regional Olympic Qualifier Champion
1998 - USA Wrestling National Open Freestyle Champ. 6th Place
1997 - Northeast Regional Champion/Most Outstanding Wrestler
1997 - World Team Trials 4th Place
1997 - USA Wrestling National Open Freestyle Championships 4th Place
1996 - Sunkist International Champion 163 lbs.
1994 - U.S. International Grand Prix 2nd Place
1994 - World Team Trials 5th Place
1994 - USA Wrestling National Open Freestyle Champ. 7th Place
1993 - U.S. Olympic Festival Freestyle Bronze Medalist
1993 - World Team Trials 5th Place
1993 - USA Wrestling National Open Freestyle Champ. 6th Place
1992 - U.S. International Grand Prix 6th Place
1992 - USA Wrestling National Open Freestyle Champ. 4th Place
1992 - NCAA All-American 150 lbs. NCAA Champ. 3rd Place
1992 - Midlands Tournament Champion 158 lbs.
1991 - NCAA All-American 150 lbs. NCAA Champ.5th Place
1989 - USA Wrestling Espoir National Freestyle Champion
1988, 89, 91, 92 - NCAA Qualifier The Ohio State University
1988, 89, 91, 92 - Big Ten Championships 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd
1987 - USA Wrestling Junior National Greco-Roman Runner-up
1986 - USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Champion
1984-1987 - 4-Time Ohio State High School Champion