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JAIME RAMIREZ - HEAD COACH

Hometown * Mexicali, Mexico
Alma mater * Fresno Pacific (1981)
First season at FPU * 1991 (15-2-1)
Most recent season * 2005 (9-6-2)
Career record * 184-85-19 (15 seasons)
Win Percentage
.672
GSAC Champion
** 7 (1991, 92, 98, 99, 02, 03, 05)
NAIA Region Champion * 2 (1999, 03)
NAIA National Appearances * 2 (1999, 03)
NAIA National Best Finish * Runner-up (2003)

Jaime Ramirez joined the head coaching ranks at Fresno Pacific in 1991 after serving as an assistant for nine years. In his first season He guided the Sunbirds men to an impressive 15-2-1 record and was honored by his peers as the NAIA District 3 and All-Far West Coach of the year.

In 15 seasons Ramirez has coached the Sunbirds men to a 184-85-19 record that includes seven Golden State Athletic Conference championships (1991, 92, 98, 99, 02, 03, 05), two Region championships (1999, 03) and two NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances (1999, 03). His 184 wins are the most in FPU soccer history. His 2003 Sunbirds completed a sparkling 22-2-0 record which include a national run that ended with a 1-0 loss to Rio Grande, Ohio, in the championship match.

He is also the driving force behind FPU women's soccer. His vision and hard work resulted in the formation in the Sunbirds women's soccer club in 1998. He guided the team through three club seasons and the five intercollegiate seasons. He yielded his head coaching responsibilities to long-time assistant Eric Farfan prior to the start of the 2006 season.

Ramirez grew up in Mexicali, Mexico, and moved to Clovis, California, at the age of 11. He has been a fixture in the Fresno Pacific University soccer program since the mid-1970s. He enrolled at FPU in the Fall of 1977, following an outstanding career at Clovis High School that included three MVP awards.

Ramirez is one of the most gifted athletes to don a Fresno Pacific uniform. His career records for most goals scored (54) and most points scored (134) stood for nearly twenty years. They were finally surpassed in 1999 by striker Edgardo Contreras (61, 141). Ramirez was a four-time Fresno Pacific MVP, four-time NAIA All-District Three, and three-time NAIA All-America honoree. As a senior in the 1980 campaign, he led the (then) Vikings to the school's first NAIA District 3 championship.

Ramirez played one season (1982) for the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League, then returned to Fresno to complete his education. He played 20 seasons in the San Joaquin Soccer League, the last seven with SC San Marcos. He helped San Marcos to the state semifinals in 1996 before retiring 1997.

Ramirez has also been active in local youth soccer. He was the guiding force behind the Roosevelt Revolution Soccer Club. The program, initiated in 1995, serves 80 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16, from the Southeast Fresno neighborhoods surrounding the university. The under-13 boys team reached the state quarterfinals in 1996 and followed that with a successful trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, playing against such highly regarded schools as Chivas, Atlante and Cruz Azul in 1998 and 1999.

He completed his bachelor and master of arts degrees at FPU. Prior to joining the faculty in bilingual teacher training and physical education, Ramirez taught for 12 years at Aynesworth Elementary School in Fresno.

Ramirez and spouse Laura Beth live near campus and are the parents of three children, Orlando, Julie and Gabriel. Their home church is The Well.

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