3/31/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Sue Ramsey, who will retire this year after 20 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Ashland University, has been named the speaker for AU’s Spring Commencement that is set for May 9 at 10 a.m. at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex’s Miller Stadium.
As Ashland University’s head women’s basketball coach, Ramsey is a coach who prefers that her teams play up-tempo basketball. As for how she plays the game of life, Ramsey always is up-tempo and upbeat.
Ramsey also will retire this year as AU’s senior women’s administrator and assistant athletic director.
To say that Ramsey left her mark on Ashland University’s women's basketball program, AU athletics and the university as a whole would be an understatement.
“As I reflect on the last 20 years as AU women’s basketball coach, I am both humbled and grateful to the Lord for blessing me with this journey,” Ramsey said. “There have been so many amazing moments, but what I am most thankful for are all the wonderful players and coaches who make up AU women’s basketball. You all have contributed to making coaching my passion, not my job.”
Here are some of Ramsey’s accomplishments through the years:
- Ramsey's record in 28 seasons as a college head coach was 462-345. At AU, she was 367-217 in 20 seasons, including the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons in which the Eagles won a Division II national title (2013) and finished as the Division II national runner-up (2012). AU's record over those two seasons was 70-3 (.959). She was the 2011-12 NCAA Division II Coach the Year and GLIAC Coach of the Year. In the fall of 2012, she was inducted into Miami's (Ohio) prestigious Cradle of Coaches.
- Ramsey is the program's career leader in victories, and she is the longest tenured head coach in program history. She has guided the Eagles to five NCAA Division II postseason trips, won two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, won seven outright or co-GLIAC South Division titles and qualified for the GLIAC Tournament 16 times. She is the only women's basketball coach at AU to make that journey.
- Ramsey has won 20 or more games in a season six times, and she has put together two 30-win campaigns. Those 30-win seasons are the two most successful years in school history and the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams won GLIAC championships -- the only GLIAC basketball championships in school history. The 2011-12 team went 19-0 in GLIAC play, and is the only team in conference history to end a season 19-0.
- In 2011-12, Ramsey received an impressive piece of hardware for her efforts on and off the court. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented her with the 2011 Kay Yow Heart of a Champion award at the Final Four in Indianapolis. In the summer of 2012, Ramsey appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program. She talked about the history of women's college athletics and AU's magical 2011-12 season.
- Ramsey-coached teams are also impressive off the floor. Three Ramsey-led teams have finished in the top 15 in Division II in team grade-point average -- in 2009-10, AU had the fifth highest grade point average in the nation (3.551); in 2008-09, Ashland had the third-best grade point average (3.647) in the country; and in 2007-08, the team was ranked 15th in the country in team grade point average (3.439).
Ramsey, who is originally from Bexley, Ohio, and now lives near Loudonville, Ohio, graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami in 1978, and earned her master's degree in educational administration from Dayton in 1988.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###