Prairie Stars welcome new baseball coach
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The past few years, the Prairie Stars have seen baseball coaches come and go, but this year, the UIS Athletic Department welcomes Chris Ramirez as the new head coach, and he’s here to stay.
Ramirez comes to UIS after being with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for six seasons, as the assistant baseball coach. While there, Ramirez recorded three nationally-ranked recruiting classes and saw nine players selected in the MLB draft. During his last season at Corpus Christi, his team posted its highest finish – second, in the Southland Conference. With his impressive résumé and a extensive list of accomplishments, it is no wonder why the Athletic Program has brought Ramirez on board.
Although he spent a few years in Texas, Ramirez and his wife are looking forward to settling back into the Midwest, where they are originally from – Iowa. He said he decided to sign on because “it was a great opportunity to take over as head coach for a division II program at University of Illinois at Springfield. I’m a Midwest guy and it is important for me to get back to the Midwest.” Ramirez added that one of the biggest draws that UIS has to offer is that “the University of Illinois carries a ton of weight in the region and nationally, from a recruiting standpoint and academic standpoint.”
Even with baseball season still a long way off, Ramirez is excited to get going and to get into the swing of things. “The past month I have been taking care of the administrative and head coach stuff, so I am most excited about getting on the field and playing.”
According to the Prairie Stars’ website Ramirez stated “my family and I are excited to join the University of Illinois Springfield athletic department. I look forward to moving back to the Midwest, getting started on the recruiting trail and building a program that will compete at the top of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. I want to thank Kim Pate for giving me this opportunity and sharing her vision of the program and athletic department with me.”
With everyone looking forward to the upcoming baseball season, everyone is on edge to see what Coach Ramirez and his staff has up their sleeves for our baseball program.