Dan Ramsay, who has lead Whitworth University’s baseball programme for the past nine years, is set to leave the school in order to take the position of manager for the Minnesota Twins’ minor league team in the Gulf Coast League.
Ramsay is set to start his duties next month at the Twins’ spring training facility, situated in Fort Myers, in Florida.
The Whitworth Director of Athletics, Tim Demant, and its president, Beck A. Taylor, have named CJ Perry, the assistant coach for the Pirates, as the interim head coach for the school for the 2018 season.
The Twins Upped Their Offer
Ramsay was contacted by the Twins earlier on this year about possibly becoming a travelling coach within their system, but he impressed them so much that they opted instead to offer him the managerial position for the Gulf Coast League Squad.
And, as they say in online blackjack for real money, sometimes you have to see how the dice roll, and take the chance, which is what Ramsay seems to be doing!
A Prestigious Career at Whitworth
Ramsay went 183 – 181 in the nine years he spent at Whitworth.
He was hired as a baseball coach for the university directly after he graduated from the school back in 2008, and guided the Bucs to three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament, as well as to the NCAA Division III World Series, which took place in Appleton, Wisconsin in 2012.
He was also awarded the NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.
A Gracious Departure Speech from Ramsay
Ramsay stated that it had been his privilege to work alongside men and women who shared his passion for moulding the lives of the student/athletes they were in charge of.
He spoke of being forever indebted to those who had contributed to his Whitworth experience, and said that he would always be grateful for the relationships he had been able to make along the way.
Whitworth Looking Forward to Working with CJ Perry
Demant stated that CJ Perry was more than ready to take over the reins as baseball coach, mentioning specifically his deep understanding of the game and the incredible rapport he shared with the players.
Demant then added that Perry was a wonderful ambassador for the university, and that they were all excited about what the new coach would be bringing to the programme.
Perry was coming into his fifth season as Whitworth’s top assistant coach, and already shouldered responsibilities for outfielders and pitchers’ strength and conditioning.
Perry graduated from the university in 2012, and was a starting pitcher for the Pirates team that managed to get through to the Division III World Series.
Perry spoke of Ramsay being an extraordinary mentor over the past five years, and stated that his experience thus far, and knowledge of the programme, had all managed to prepare him as far as was possible for the position he was heading into.
Perry’s Pirates finished 24 – 17 this year, but have several key pieces back alongside a very strong recruiting class.