Tucson, Ariz. ?- Arizona women’s tennis Head Coach Vicky Maes announced the hiring of Brian Ramirez as the program’s new assistant coach. Ramirez comes to Arizona after having served as the volunteer assistant for Stanford for the last two years.
“Brian brings a world of experience to the program and we are excited to have him on board,” Maes said of her new hire. “His work with an elite program like Stanford is a testament to his knowledge about Pac-10 athletics and college tennis in general. We expect the program to do very well this year, and Brian will be a major contributor to achieving our goals.”
At Stanford, Ramirez helped the Cardinal capture the 2004 National Championship, as well as consecutive Pac-10 Championships. Prior to joining the Cardinal, Ramirez worked at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. At UNC-Greensboro, Ramirez helped facilitate both the men’s and women’s programs in their transition to Division I athletics.
“Coming from a place like Stanford where the players win a lot, it’s nice to be able to come some place where you can inject a breath of fresh air into some players that have had no real contact with you,” Ramirez said. “I want them to build confidence, more than anything else, and to help them understand how to compete and how to win.”
A native Californian, Ramirez, worked with some of the world’s top junior players and pros at Palmer International in Tampa, Fla., following his work at UNC-Greensboro. Ramirez has worked with both men and women, American and international players, during his coaching career.
“The real draw was to stay in the Pac-10,” Ramirez said of why he accepted the position. “To be able to come to a program like Arizona is a real treat.”
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.
His responsibilities with the Wildcat team will include player development, recruiting, and team travel.