Saint Scholastica tabs Kurt Ramler as school's second head coach
DULUTH, Minn. -- Saint Scholastica athletic director Don Olson introduced Kurt Ramler as the school's second head coach at a press conference on Monday.
Ramler comes over from his alma mater of St. John's (Minn) where he spent last season as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator. Prior to his stop at St. John's, Ramler was the head coach at Carleton for six seasons where he was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Coach of the Year in 2008. During that season, he led the Knights to a 7-3 record, their best since the 1992 season.
While at Carleton, he doubled the program's overall wins (22) and conference wins (12) from the previous six seasons. He also grew the program's roster from the low 40s to more than 70.
"I am excited to become the new head football coach at the College of Saint Scholastica and to join the Scholastica community," Ramler said. "I have enjoyed all that I have learned about the community, the athletic department, and the team. Greg Carlson and his staff did a tremendous job building a championship program that did things the right way both on and off the field. We will look forward to working fervently to continue that tradition, and I am grateful to Don Olson and the Scholastica community for the opportunity."
Other coaching stops for Ramler include the offensive coordinator and head golf coach at Heidelberg, wide receiver's coach at Wagner and quarterback/wide receiver coach at Hamilton.
"Kurt Ramler brings a deep and rich experience in Division III football and private liberal arts education to The College of St. Scholastica," Olson said. "He is the perfect fit to build on our solid foundation of athletic and academic excellence as well as service to the CSS and Duluth Communities."
At Saint John's, Ramler played for legendary head coach John Gagliardi from 1993-96. As quarterback, he was a two-time All-MIAC selection, including being named the conference's most outstanding player in 1996. He was also a second-team academic all-district selection in 1996.
In 1996, he was named a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which is handed out to the most outstanding Division III football player. He holds the top three Johnnie records for passing yards in a game and is second in career passing yards and career touchdown passes. He won 27 games in his time as starting quarterback, which is tied for the second-most in program history.
"I believe Scholastica is a great fit for me because the college offers what I believe Division III athletics are all about; a great community, a great education, and a great experience," Ramler said. "Part of the allure for me is the historic tradition established by the Benedictine sisters here at Scholastica; years ago they built an amazing college comprised of amazing people. We hope to build a football team that reflects that tradition."
Ramler replaces Greg Carlson, who guided the Saints through their first six seasons before retiring in January. Carlson led CSS to three consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championships and three NCAA Division III playoff appearances the past three seasons.