|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
Dan Ramsay, the eighth former Whitworth player to serve as head coach of the Pirates since 1955, heads into his fourth season leading the Whitworth nine in 2012-13. Ramsay was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year by D3baseball.com and the ABCA in 2012.
In his four years at Whitworth Ramsay has coached a First Team All-American, 11 All-Northwest Conference selections, five ABCA All-West Region selections, two Academic All-District selections, one conference batting champion, one West Region Gold Glove Award winner, one Rawlings Gold Glove National Award winner, and has had a player sign a professional contract.
The 2012 season was a milestone year for the Pirates. It marked the first Northwest Conference Championship in 21 years, the first NCAA Regional appearance in program history, the first NCAA Regional Championship in program history, Whitworth's first First Team All-American in 47 years, the first NCAA Division III World Series appearance in program history, and the first NCAA Division III World Series victory in program history.
The 2011 season marked the Pirates' first 20-win campaign in nine years and the team's first winning Northwest Conference record since 2006. Whitworth's team earned run average of 4.60 was the team's best since the Pirates moved to NCAA Division III membership in 1999.
In 2010, Ramsay coached the Pirates to a three-game improvement over the previous season, including a series victory at Linfield. Ramsay finished 10-26 in his first season leading the Pirates, despite a record snowfall that kept of the team off of its home field until April.
Ramsay works as a hitting and catching instructor at numerous camps throughout the region and serves as the pitching and catching coach at Whitworth while running the offense. He has directed Nike Baseball Camps through US Sports Camps for the past three summers. Ramsay spent the summer of 2011 abroad with United States Athletes International in Spain. The team played clubs in Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid. He will be taking another group of athletes to Curacao next June.
Ramsay was an Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference catcher for the Pirates in 2008 and a Second Team All-NWC selection in 2007 during his two seasons playing for Whitworth.
Ramsay was the head coach in Cranbrook, B.C. for the Rocky Mountain Bandits in the summer of 2008 and coached as an assistant in Trail, B.C. for the Trail Jays in the summer of 2007. He spent the summer of 2005 playing for the Kamuela Paniolos in the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League and the summer of 2006 playing for the Everett Merchants of the Pacific International League.
Since Paul Merkel was named Whitworth’s head coach for the 1955 season, eight of the nine Pirate head coaches have been alumni of the school, covering 50 years of the 53-year period. That list includes Merkel (1955-71 and 1978-79), Spike Grosvenor (1972-73 and 1975-77), Bob Huber (1974), Dave Vaughn (1980-81), McQuilkin (1985-90), Randy Russell (1991-93), Rod Taylor (1994-97) and Ward (1998-2007). The only coach that did not graduate from Whitworth was Steve Brown (1982-84).