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JAIME RAMIREZ

Inducted:

September 10, 1992

In recognition of

Excellence in the sport of

Soccer

And exemplary contribution to

Church and community

Jaime Ramirez, a native of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, graduated from Clovis High School in 1976 and enrolled at Fresno Pacific College in the fall of 1977. He was recognized as the team’s most valuable player and named to the NAIA District Three team in each of his four seasons (1977-80) of competition. He earned NAIA All-America honorable mention recognition in 1978 and 1979. In 1980 he led the (then) Vikings to the school’s first NAIA District Three championship and was named to the NAIA All-America second team. One of the many highlights of his sparkling career came on September 19, 1978, when he scored the only goal in the Vikings 1-0 overtime win over the Fresno State University Bulldogs. He completed his collegiate career as FPC’s leader in goals (54), assists (26) and points (134). Following graduation he spent one season with the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League, then returned to Fresno in 1982 and completed a teaching credential. He taught for 12 years at Aynesworth Elementary School, completed a master’s degree in bilingual education and joined the FPC faculty. He married Laura Beth Wiebe in 1980, and together they are the parents of Orlando, Julie and Gabriel. He has been an active member with the Butler Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church and the Roosevelt Revolution Soccer Club. He became Fresno Pacific’s head soccer coach in 1991, guiding the Sunbirds to a 127-68-15 record in his first 10 seasons and Golden State Athletic Conference championships in 1991, 1992, 1998 and 1999.