EMU names Charles Ramsey Men's Basketball Head Coach
Former EMU assistant returns to his alma mater
YPSILANTI – Charles Ramsey is returning home.
Ramsey, an Ypsilanti native, Eastern Michigan University graduate, and former EMU assistant basketball coach, has been named head coach of the men’s basketball program at EMU, Athletics Director Dave Diles announced today. Ramsey takes over for Jim Boone who did not have his contracted renewed at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.
For the past four seasons Ramsey has been an assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Michigan. He also served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of California-Berkley (1996-2001), Drake University (1994-96), Tennessee State (1993-94) and EMU (1990-93).
Ramsey has enjoyed great success as an assistant coach. During his tenure as a volunteer assistant in 1991, EMU made it to the Sweet 16 of the 1991 NCAA Tournament. He then went on to help Tennessee State win the Ohio Valley Conference title and advance to the 1994 NCAA Tournament. From there he was an assistant at California where the Golden Bears gained an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 1997, an NIT Championship in 1999, an NIT quarterfinal spot in 2000 and an NCAA Tournament selection in 2001.
While an assistant at Michigan for the past four seasons, Ramsey has helped the Wolverines turn in two consecutive top 10 nationally ranked recruiting classes, and helped coach the U-M team that won the 2004 NIT Championship.
The 44-year-old Ramsey (3-25-61) is a native of Ypsilanti and graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1979 after competing in football, basketball and baseball.
Ramsey went on to attend Fisk University from 1979-81 where he was named to the league’s All-Freshman Team. He then transferred to EMU and went on to complete his undergraduate degree in 1992 with a major in sociology.
While an EMU undergraduate, Ramsey was an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Ypsilanti H.S. from 1982-87, and was a volunteer coach at EMU under Head Coach Ben Braun from 1990-93. He joined the EMU staff as a full-time assistant from May-Sept. 1996, before leaving to assist Braun when he became the head coach at the University of California at Berkeley.
Ramsey and his wife, Allison Lester Ramsey, live in Ypsilanti with their two sons, Charles (Tre) and Chandler.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
Editor's Note: Looking for an expert source for a story? Check out EMU's Eastern Experts online at www.emich.edu/univcomm/easternexperts.