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Paul Ramsey

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Paul Ramsey Coaching vs. BYU in February 2008Paul Ramsey is in his eighth consecutive season as the head women's lacrosse coach of the Gauchos. UCSB has won five Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) championships under the former UCSB Zoology major. He returned to UCSB for the 2007-08 academic year after ten seasons away from the UCSB program, which is where he got his start in lacrosse coaching just six months out of college. Overall it makes this his eleventh academic year as a head coach at UCSB. Ramsey coached UCSB in 1990, 1991 and 1992 concurrent with stints as an assistant football coach for the Gauchos and employment as the facility manager for the UCSB Events Center. UCSB won the inaugural WWLL Championship in 1991 and repeated in 1992. Work as Public Events Manager at UCSB pulled him off the field in 1993 but eventually he was able to find time to coach the start-up and former program at Westmont College 10 miles south of UCSB in 1995.

Ultimately the coaching bug got him and he left Santa Barbara to move up to coaching at the NCAA Division I level all the way across the country at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. The Crusaders made the Patriot League Tournament three times out of five under Ramsey. From there he assisted at nationally ranked Hofstra University on Long Island. The Pride were unranked at first but eventually ranked 15th while he was assisting in Hempstead. A move to become head coach at Pepperdine University in Malibu got him back to California and put him in position to coach again at UCSB.

Under Ramsey, and with focused effort on the part of everyone involved, the 2008, 2009 & 2012 UCSB teams won WWLL championships while the 2010 were runners-up and the 2011, 2013 & 2014 teams won the 3rd place game at the WWLL Championships. The Gauchos have advanced to at least the WCLA National Championship quarterfinals seven years in a row. Ramsey was rewarded by his team's efforts in 2008 and was selected WWLL Coach of the Year. UCSB teams are a combined 113-39 (.743) in the last seven seasons and 159-46 (.776) in all ten of his seasons at UCSB. Among all collegiate programs coached as a head coach or an assistant coach Ramsey has been mentoring on the sideline for 397 games. The record for those teams in those games is 259-137-1.  The third game of the 2015 season will be the 400th college game coached by Ramsey. If there are no cancellations it will be the Saturday, February 7th, 1:00pm home game with pre-season #1 ranked UCLA. 

2008 WWLL ChampionsDuring his stint in Malibu Ramsey took over a two year old Pepperdine program that was struggling with numbers and proficiency. When Ramsey first started coaching the Waves the program had one returning player from the previous season mixed in with a handful of freshmen who'd played in high school and another handful of novices. Eventually that first year the program grew to a small team of 17 players and they finished the season 5-13. In Ramsey's second year the Waves had their first winning season and qualified for the post-season. During his third year Pepperdine became the smallest school (3,000 undergrads) in the WWLL to field "A" & "B" teams and again qualified for the post-season while also finishing the season ranked 20th in the WDIA. It was the first and only season Pepperdine has been ranked for women's lacrosse.

2009 WWLL ChampionsRamsey arrived at Pepperdine after spending two years as an assistant coach at Hofstra University and five years as the head coach at College of the Holy Cross. Both are NCAA Division One programs. While at Holy Cross he led the team to the most successful five year stint in the history of the program. Holy Cross is a member of the Patriot League, a non-scholarship conference similar to the Ivy League. Ramsey built Holy Cross into a competitor. The program had won just 11 games during the five year period before he was hired. During his five year tenure the program won 39 games. In 2001 Holy Cross recorded the most wins in school history with a 13-7 record and snared an 11-7 upset of Villanova in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Other notable upsets included wins over Boston College, Bucknell (twice), Colgate (twice), Duquesne, Hofstra, Lehigh (twice) and UConn (twice). During his first stint at UCSB Ramsey won two Western Women's Lacrosse League titles and coached the Gauchos to a 46-7 overall record in three seasons. At Westmont Ramsey led the team to an 11-5 record for their first winning season and their first play-off appearance.

Ramsey's coaching tenure has been more than wins and losses. He started a girl's lacrosse camp in Santa Barbara in 1992 and the venture has grown into a full company, East West Sports Camps, with camps held for a long time in developing lacrosse areas all over the United States. He held outreach clinics for local teams just getting their programs started in Central Massachusetts. At Holy Cross he ran clinics for beginners as well as indoor winter clinics and a spring clinic for all levels. A February coaches clinic was a staple and 15 to 20 local high school coaches regularly took advantage of it.

2012 WWLL ChampionsDevelopment is part of the agenda wherever Ramsey coaches. Every Condor League (Santa Barbara County) girl's lacrosse team got started with clinics he organized with the exception of Laguna Blanca, a recent addition. More than that, though, while living in Southern California the first time, Ramsey started the Western Women's Lacrosse League with 8 charter members in 1991 in a cooperative effort with then Stanford head coach Heidi Faith. He was also the first President of the Southern California Women's Lacrosse Association, under the old U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association, now part of U.S. Lacrosse. His second development project in Malibu, in addition to the Pepperdine team, was the Malibu Lacrosse Association. This new program was a league for 1st - 8th grade girls in Malibu. The first year participation for youth lacrosse players totaled 68 girls.




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