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Brian Ramirez
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 20, 2006
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Brian Ramirez enters his third season as assistant women’s tennis coach.  Ramirez came to Arizona after serving as the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons at Stanford.


“After two years under our belt we feel that we’re truly making progress with rebuilding the program.  With a strong finish in the 2005-06 season and a comfortable win over #28 BYU in the first round of the NCAA team championships last year, we’ve made measurable progress.  That progress will carry over to the 2006-07 season, with a solid recruiting class and a group of young women that are excited about being here and representing the University of Arizona.  We now know where we need to improve as players, coaches and as a team to continue to see the type of growth we need in the next nine months.  With the continued improvement in individual goals throughout the season, we should be ready to make a bigger impact in the Pac-10 and ITA rankings at the end of the year.”


At Stanford, Ramirez helped the Cardinal capture the 2004 national championship, as well as consecutive Pac-10 championships. 


Prior to joining Stanford, Ramirez ran an internal marketing for ZOOM Marketing, a marketing strategy and positioning company in Palo Alto, Calif., for three years. Prior to ZOOM, Ramirez worked in the athletics marketing group at Stanford for two years where his responsibilities included managing the football and basketball radio network, sponsorship sales, event management and managing major print media contracts with the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.  


Before joining Stanford’s marketing group, Ramirez worked at Palmer International where he coached and traveled with many of the nation’s top junior players, world ranked juniors and pro players.


Ramirez earned his bachelor’s from UNC Greensboro with a degree in marketing. Before transferring to UNC Greensboro, Ramirez was a two-time all-conference player at Foothill Junior College.  He helped lead the team to a semifinal appearance in the state championships in 1991 and a state runner-up finish in 1992.


"Brian has been great for our program,” Maes said. “He brought a fresh approach to the court and the players responded to him immediately. His knowledge and experience are a huge asset to our program as we continue to rebuild. He knows what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level and I am excited to work with him on the future of Arizona women's tennis."


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