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USI selects new head coach for baseball

Portrait of Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds
Evansville Courier & Press

The University of Southern Indiana on Sunday announced its choice to lead the school's baseball program.

Chris Ramirez is the new head coach, making him the sixth man to lead the program in its 54-year history.

Ramirez comes to USI from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Division II school in Hickory, North Carolina. In five years there, Ramirez compiled a 152-80 record, the program's most successful stretch of seasons. Prior to that, he was head coach at Division II Illinois-Springfield, where he had a 199-122-1 record in six seasons.

He was named the National College Baseball Writers Association Division II National Coach of the Year in 2018.

At USI, Ramirez will replace Tracy Archuleta, who on June 21 was announced as the new head coach at Indiana State University. Archuleta led the USI baseball team to two Division II national championships and five appearances in the Division II College World Series, and was head coach when the program made the transition to Division I athletics for the 2023 season.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the USI baseball program," Ramirez said in a news release. "The Screaming Eagles have had a rich tradition and history of success, which I look forward to building upon.ֱOur plan is to win championships in the Ohio Valley Conference and compete in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. I can't wait to get to know our current players and get to work."

Ramirez, a native of Iowa, was a Division I assistant coach for six seasons at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi before taking the top spot at Illinois-Springfield.ֱAs a student athlete, Ramirez was a two-time All-Conference centerfielder and closer at Kirkwood Community College beforeֱearning a bachelor's degree in business administration from High Point University. He played two seasons for High Point and earned Big South All-Academic honor in 2005.

"We landed on Chris because he is a winner and, like USI, earned his success through hard work," USI Athletics Director Jon Mark Hall said in a news release. "He has a blue-collar, hard-working mentality that will fit right in with our athletic department and the university."ֱRamirez and his wife,ֱLindsay, have three children.