Robert Ramirez comes to Taft from Tehachapi

The Kiwanis Club of Taft welcomed Robert Ramirez, new Dean of Athletics and Student Support Services for Taft Union High School District, to its recent lunch meeting at OT Cookhouse. Ramirez has accepted the job after serving a two-year assignment in Tehachapi as Vice Principal/Athletic Director.
Ramirez drew applause from the luncheon attendees when he remarked that he and his wife Alisa have enjoyed a warm, friendly welcome to Taft since they moved here from Tehachapi about a month ago. Alisa is still commuting to her job, but she hopes to find employment in Taft soon.
Ramirez, a graduate of Hanford High School, went on to the College of the Sequoias where he served as student body president.  He went on to Fresno State University, graduating with a degree in history and a desire to teach.  After eleven years as a teacher and coach, all the while working on an administrative degree, he began his career in administration.
When asked to describe his coaching philosophy, Ramirez stated he subscribed to the John Wooden school of coaching.  “One of my favorite books is Wooden:  A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, by John Wooden, “winningest” coach of the UCLA Bruins:  Teach students the fundamentals of the game and good sportsmanship, to give 100%, and the score will take care of itself.”
 Ramirez believes that sports are an important part of a student’s high school experience.  “Sports are important in high school.  Only about 2% of high school seniors go on to play in a Division 1 schools.  Relatively few are able to play beyond that.  High school may be the only or the last chance kids have to be part of a team, to represent their school.”