Bronco Legends: Alumnus Jimmy Ramos

By Amber Frias

After 45 years on the baseball field, Jimmy Ramos still calls Cal Poly Pomona home.

For Ramos, an assistant coach for the baseball team, the 2015 season marks 32 years with the Broncos.

A former center fielder, Ramos played for the Broncos in 1970-71. He then began his coaching career, which included time at Mt. San Antonio College, Fullerton Junior College and Esperanza High School.

Ramos coached at CPP from 1972-76, then coached at Mt. SAC for one season. From 1978-80, Ramos was head coach at Esperanza High School. He then returned to CPP for the next 15 years.

With more moving back and forth from Mt. SAC and Fullerton Junior College, it wasn’t until 2004 that Ramos returned to CPP to stay.

Ramos, is one of four CPP alumni who are on the baseball team’s coaching staff.

“I think it’s something that they feel they’re invested into, not only academically but athletically,” said head baseball coach Randy Betten.

“To stick around and be a part of it for all the years they gave their time, giving back is where their heart is.”

Ramos is responsible for coaching the outfielders, as well as base-running at CPP.

“Jimmy has a great personality,” said Betten. “He has a love for the game, he has a love for the kids and wants to make them better, yet he will be hard on them.

“He’ll get after them when he needs to, and let them know what they need to do to get better.”

Ramos’s commitment to the department is well recognized by the administration.

“One of the greatest strengths about having Coach Ramos around for more than three decades is that he’s known all the alumni that have come to our program,” said Brian Swanson, director of intercollegiate athletics. “He’s been with us for four head coaches.

“He brings such a wealth of experience. He has such a terrific sense of history and tradition and he knows our league inside and out.”

Betten claims that having a voice with years of service to CPP among his staff helps him out in the field and during recruitment.

Having CPP alumni as part of his team when it comes to recruiting new players allows for a closer connection with the recruit and their families.

“When [alumni coaches] meet with the families and the recruit, I think the recruit can look at that coach and go ‘They sat in that seat, they know what it’s like, they know how to handle it and they’re going to help me be more successful in the classroom athletically’,” said Betten. “There’s something to be said for that. The parents can see the commitment that they have for the program.”

Ramos says that as an alumnus, he wants to give his support.

“To me, it’s a situation where I went to school and then I played athletically here and now I’m helping out and trying to carry out the Cal Poly tradition that has been established,” said Ramos. “I really feel that giving back to the program by helping the young ball players establish themselves is important.”

The tradition doesn’t only stay with Ramos.

“We have such an outstanding tradition in our baseball program and the alumni that have coached here really understand being able to balance academics and athletics,” said Swanson.

“It’s not just about what happens in the baseball field, it’s the courage that you have to be first a student in the classroom.

“I think that’s one of the strengths of being alumni here.”

Ramos also has experience coaching international baseball.

In 2012, Ramos also managed the Philippines national team at the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.

“The international experience [and] being an envoy coach has helped in a lot of things,” said Ramos.

Ramos also worked for Major League Baseball International at the MLB Academy in Changzhou, China.

He said that this year he will try sending some of the other baseball coaches at CPP for the experience.

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Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post

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