Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff
Salem International University Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach Ernesto Ramirez has accepted the position as Head Women’s Soccer Coach at SIU.
“It is with pleasure and anticipation of continued progress that we announce today the hiring of Ernesto Ramirez as Head Women’s Soccer Coach,” said Athletic Director Keith Bullion. “Coach Ramirez has, during tenure at SIU, become very familiar with the University, its mission and its distinctions.”
Ernesto accepted the position after serving one year as the university’s Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach.
“I’d like to thank Chancellor Brooks, President Luotto, and Athletic Director Keith Bullion for the opportunity given to carry on this program as head coach,” said Ramirez. “I would also like to thank (SIU Men’s Soccer Coach) Coach Florin Marton for his support and guidance throughout my college career.”
Ramirez was born in Mexico City, Mexico and came to the United States at the age of twelve to live in Pasadena, California. He is the son of Jesus and Lupe Ramirez, and the youngest of three children. He was also the first of the children to attend college.
“My father worked two jobs and my mom stayed at home,” said Coach Ramirez. “I’m proud of my dad for his efforts in giving us a better life.”
Ernesto is a 2011 graduate of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He played his freshman season at Salem International University in 2006 before transferring to WVU-Tech in 2007. In 2010, he was named the Senior Co-Captain and earned the team’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
“I have enjoyed my time here as a student, assistant coach and I am looking forward to continue enjoying my time as head coach; also share my knowledge and passion for the game to a group of wonderful female athletes on and off the field.”
Ramirez has replaced former SIU Women’s Soccer Coach Andrew McNab, who has recently stepped down from the position.
“Former Coach McNab lifted up this program and set a pretty high bar in regards to expectations and accomplishments to achieve in the years to come. I am excited to take on this responsibility.”