Dan Ramsay, who has guided Whitworth University’s baseball program for the last nine years, is leaving the school to become the manager of the Minnesota Twins’ minor league team in the Gulf Coast League.
Ramsay will begin his duties next month at the Twins’ spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida.
Tim Demant, Whitworth’s Director of Athletics, and President Beck A. Taylor name Pirates assistant coach CJ Perry as the school’s interim head coach for the 2018 season.
The Twins contacted Ramsay earlier this month about the possibility of becoming a traveling coach within their system. Ramsay impressed the Twins enough that they instead decided to offer him the managerial position for their Gulf Coast League squad.
Ramsay went 183-181 in his nine years. Hired as Whitworth’s baseball coach immediately after he graduated from the school in 2008, Ramsay guided the Bucs to three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and to the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 2012. He was the NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.
“It has been a privilege to serve alongside men and women who share the same passion for molding the lives of student-athletes as I do,” Ramsay said. “I will be forever indebted to those who made this experience possible and grateful for the relationships I have made along the way. Whitworth has had an indescribable impact on my life.”
“CJ is more than ready to be our next baseball coach,” Demant said. “He has a tremendous understanding of the game and an amazing rapport with the players. He is a great ambassador for Whitworth and we are excited about what he will bring to the program.”
Perry was heading into his fifth season Whitworth’s top assistant coach with responsibilities for pitchers, outfielders and strength and conditioning. Perry graduated from Whitworth in 2012 and was a starting pitcher for the Pirates squad that advanced to the Division III World Series.
“Dan has been an incredible mentor to me for the last five years, and my experience with, and knowledge of, the program has prepared me to take on this position,” Perry said.
Perry will take over a Pirates squad that finished 24-17 in 2017 but has several key pieces back, along with a strong recruiting class.