New Life Academy softball: Ramey state Coach of the Year
For leading a whole new lineup to the state tournament, New Life Academy head softball coach Mick Ramey was selected as the Minnesota Coach of the Year for Class A last week.
NLA is the winner of the past four Class A state championships and the only team in state history to win four consecutive state titles. The Eagles' streak of seven state tournament appearances is the second-longest in state history. Only one team - Winona Cotter - has been to eight straight state tournaments. Two teams - St. Bernard's and Hermantown - have been to six consecutive state tourneys.
This year, New Life returned only four starters and had nine players starting at nine new positions. The Eagles don't have a senior and have five freshman and two seventh graders on the roster.
Ramey has been coaching youth sports for over 20 years and has been coaching at New Life Academy for 12 years - five years in basketball and nine years in softball. This year is his sixth as head coach of the Eagles softball team.
In addition to the Coach of the Year honor, Ramey was selected to coach the in the Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series for a fifth straight year.
Ramey said he has enjoyed coaching the All Stars the past five years.
"It has been so much fun to get a chance to coach these great players in their final high school game," he said.
Ramey has also coached in the Cottage Grove Athletic Association since 1988 coaching baseball, basketball, football and Softball. Ramey served as the CGAA Baseball president for six years and on the basketball board for five years. Ramey lives in Cottage Grove, has sold real estate in the Twin Cities Since 1979 and enjoys golfing and coaching. Ramey is married to Diane and the couple has five children, Matt, Steve, Melissa, Jenny and Allison.