Koetter Names Kevin Ramsey To Football Staff

March 6, 2003

Arizona State University head football coach Dirk Koetter announced Thursday the appointment of Kevin Ramsey, the secondary coach for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals for the past three years and a 14-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, as cornerbacks coach at ASU.

Ramsey replaces Ron English, who became the secondary coach at the University of Michigan on Wednesday.

'Not only is Kevin a great family man,' says Dirk Koetter, 'but he is a tremendous coach and an excellent recruiter. And perhaps the thing I like most about Kevin is the fact that he has coached championship football in different conferences. Kevin and I have known each other since 1986 when he coached at Mission High School (Mission, Texas).'

'I am happy to be a part of the ASU family,' says Ramsey. 'From the top throughout it is a class act. I have known Dirk for a long time and have followed his career. I appreciate his strategic approach and that is one thing that I admire about him. His care for young people is genuine and that means a lot to me.'

Ramsey has coached at the highest level of college football, serving as defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia (1999-2000) and as secondary coach at the University of Tennessee (1995-1999).

In 2002, despite several injuries to the secondary, Ramsey helped the Cardinal secondary record 17 interceptions and tutored Adrian Wilson to another standout season that included four interceptions and five pass deflections. During his first year with the Cardinals in 2001, Ramsey was forced to start seven combinations in the team's secondary.

Veteran free safety Kwamie Lassiter, whose career-high nine interceptions led all NFL safeties, added a team-best 100 solo tackles as well. Wilson, then a rookie, stamped his future role with 32 total tackles, 10 pass deflections and a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown in the season finale at Washington.

Ramsey began his vast coaching career at Kansas State (1984-85) as a graduate assistant and junior varsity defensive coordinator at Mission High School in Mission, Texas (1986) before beginning a successful succession of jobs at major NCAA Division I programs - Kansas State (1987-89, outside linebackers), Northwestern (1990-92, defensive line/defensive backs), West Virginia (1993-94, defensive backs), Tennessee (1995-98, defensive backs) and Georgia (1999, defensive coordinator).

In addition, Ramsey coached in seven high-profile bowl games in the collegiate ranks, including Tennessee's national championship victory over Florida State in the 1999 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. He also coached in the 2002 Senior Bowl, the 2000 Outback Bowl (Georgia), the 1998 Orange Bowl (Tennessee), the 1996 and 1997 Citrus Bowls (Tennessee) and the 1995 Carquest Bowl (West Virginia) Seven current NFL players were tutored by Ramsey, four at Tennessee (DaRon Jenkins/Panthers, Terry Fair/Lions, Deon Grant/Panthers, and Dwayne Goodrich/Cowboys, two at West Virginia (Aaron Beasley/Jets and Mike Logan/Steelers), and one at both Georgia (Jamie Henderson/Jets) and Kansas State (Elijah Alexander/former Raider).

Ramsey also served two NFL internships with Arizona Cardinal's head coach Dave McGinnis at the Chicago Bears (1991) and later with the Green Bay Packers (1998).Ramsey spent most of 2000 working for ex-Redskin Danny Buggs' 'Winning Circle' nonprofit organization that teaches character behavior to students in DeKalb County, Georgia. He also appeared at an 11-day 'World Federation of World Peace' symposium in Seoul, South Korea addressing students from around the globe on world issues and culture.

The East St. Louis, Illinois native holds a 1984 bachelor's degree in education from Indiana State and his wife, Doreen, are the parents of four daughters - Kajavia (17), Samiya (16), Tresnae (14) and Amariell (13). They reside in Phoenix.

*Born: Sept. 5, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri.

*Personal: Wife, Doreen (Allen), and daughters Kajavia (17), Samiya (16), Tresnae (14) and Amariell (13).

*Education: B.S. in Physical Education, Indiana State, 1984; East Saint Louis Sr. High School.

*Coaching Career - 19th Year: Defensive Secondary, Arizona Cardinals (2001-03); Defensive Coordinator, University of Georgia (1999-00); Defensive Secondary, University of Tennessee (1995-99); Defensive Secondary, Northwestern University (1992-93); Defensive Line, Northwestern University (1990-92); Outside Linebackers, Kansas State University (1987-90); Defensive Back, Mission High School (Texas) (1986-87); Graduate Assistant/JV Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State University (1984-86)

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