Houston native was an All-America performer at Alabama
Former All-American Staci Ramsey is in her second season as an assistant coach at Massachusetts after joining the staff in October, 2013.
Ramsey enters 2015 with six years of coaching experience at the Division I level and is an excellent hitting and infield instructor.
In 2014, UMass qualified for the Atlantic 10 Championship - after missing the event a year earlier - and finished among the top four in the league with a 9-6-1 record. The team also went 9-1-1 at home. UMass showed glimpses of the future with four freshman starting much of the season and first- or second-year players accounting for 199 of 390 starting spots - 51 pct.
Individually, freshman Jena Cozza was named NFCA First Team All-Region, A-10 Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-Conference and to the A-10 All-Rookie Team after hitting .356 - the highest for a UMass freshman in eight years. Senior Lindsey Webster completed her career with Second Team All-Conference honors and freshman pitcher Tara Klee earned a spot on the All-Rookie squad. Additionally, six student-athletes were named to the A-10 Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll.
"Her knowledge of the game of softball and hitting is only going to enhance whatthese kids have done right now," head coach Kristi Stefanoni said upon hiring Ramsey. "The level of confidence that she has brought to the team has been tremendous. Her pride and passion come out in hitting and her energy is infectious."
Ramsey spent two years at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas where her responsibilities included serving as the infielders and hitting coach. She also was the recruiting coordinator for the Ladyjacks.
In 2009-10, Ramsey was on the staff at Ole Miss, helping the Rebels to a 52-56two-year mark and recorded nine wins over top-25 programs. The 2010 squad established school benchmarks for batting avg., runs, triples, runs batted in and total bases. She coached hitting and worked primarily with outfielders and catchers, in addition to serving as the camp director in Oxford. Lauren Grill earned All-America honors in 2010 when she hit .443 and posted a .569 on-base percentage - both school records.
In her first job after college, Ramsey spent the 2008 campaign as an assistant at Charleston Southern, helping the Buccaneers post the third-best batting average in the Big South Conference that year. She was in charge of the recruiting, travel and oversaw the student-athletes' academic progress.
Ramsey was a four-year letter winner at Alabama for head coach Patrick Murphy from2002-06. The Crimson Tide won three Southeastern Conference championships and advanced to the Women's College World Series three times during her time at The Capstone. She was a third team Easton All-America and first team all-regionhonoree as a senior in 2006. The right-handed hitting third baseman also collected a pair of all-SEC nods.
She appeared in 269 games in her career and started 262 - both of which rank in the UA all-time top ten. Ramsey hit .296 in her career with 47 doubles, 32 homeruns and 175 RBI, placing in the top ten in the final three categories. Herfive postseason home runs are the third-highest total at Bama and she is the Tide's career record holder with 519 assists.
The Houston native received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences from Alabama in 2007. She was an SEC Academic Honor Roll member in2006 and was a student assistant coach during the 2007 campaign.