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Era Draws Near For Whitworth Baseball, Ramsay Takes Job At WSU

Dan Ramsay is leaving Whitworth baseball for a job at WSU. (Photo: Whitworth) Dan Ramsay is leaving Whitworth baseball for a job at WSU. (Photo: Whitworth)

by Whitworth Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – Dan Ramsay, who guided Whitworth University to the 2012 Division III College World Series, has announced his resignation as the Pirates' head baseball coach to accept a position on the staff at Washington State University. The change will take affect at the conclusion of Whitworth's season.

Ramsay, who is also a former Pirate player, will become the Director of Baseball Operations at WSU.

“I am grateful for Dan's significant contribution to the Whitworth baseball program and to the university as a whole,” said Tim Demant, Whitworth's Director of Athletics. “Dan created a culture of competitive excellence, as well as academic and personal excellence, for his student-athletes.”

Ramsay has posted a record of 126-149-2 in his seven seasons leading the Pirates. During his tenure, Ramsay has coached a First Team All-American (Tyler Pfeffer in 2012), 14 All-Northwest Conference selections, five ABCA All-West Region selections, two Academic All-District honorees, one conference batting champion, and has had a player sign a professional contract. He was the 2012 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year.

“Some of my fondest memories have come while donning a Whitworth Baseball uniform,” Ramsay said. “I am very thankful for the time I have spent here and feel blessed to call myself a member of this family. Although I am called to instill characteristics and qualities in the young men in my charge, I can honestly say that the student-athletes at Whitworth have impacted me and the man I am today beyond measure.”

Ramsay led the Pirates to the second-most successful season in school history in 2012. Whitworth claimed the Northwest Conference title with a 19-5 record, then won the NCAA West Region championship as the #4-seed. The Bucs advanced to the Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin where they went 1-2, defeating Christopher Newport. Whitworth finished 31-16-1, setting a school record for most wins in one season. Only the 1960 NAIA championship team accomplished more.

This season he has guided the Pirates to a 25-13 record heading into the inaugural Northwest Conference tournament this weekend at PLU. Whitworth went 16-8 in league play, tying for second place in the standings with Linfield.

“While he will be missed, I am excited for this new opportunity for Dan and his family,” Demant said.

Ramsay was hired in the summer of 2008, immediately after completing his Pirate playing career and graduating from the university. He was an Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference catcher as a senior and a Second Team All-NWC selection in 2007 during his two seasons playing for Whitworth. Ramsay also played two years of baseball at NCAA Division I Gonzaga University.

“I will be forever grateful to (former AD) Scott McQuilkin and (former president) Bill Robinson for believing in me at a young age and giving me the opportunity to follow in their footsteps and begin a career that has allowed me to live out my calling to impact the lives of young men,” Ramsay said.

Demant has indicated that a national search for the next Whitworth baseball coach will begin immediately after the season.

“We are committed to building one of the premier Division III baseball programs in the country, one that competes with excellence, and recruits and develops men of character and strong academic standing,” Demant said.

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