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Class of 1992
Illinois Central: 1968 - 1995
First an athlete and then a teacher and coach, Lorene Ramsey became one of the most successful college coaches of all-time.
Born in St. Louis, Ramsey first gained notoriety as a ASA women’s major pitcher, playing mostly for the Caterpillar Dieselettes, Sunnyland Lettes and Pekin-Lettes. The four-time ASA All-American pitched for 18 years and had an overall record of 401-90 with 3,800 strikeouts. In 1965, she pitched 98 1/3 scoreless innings.
Her teaching career began at Pekin High School but by 1968 she had moved to nearby Illinois Central College where she helped develop an intramural sports program for both men and women. The intramural program turned into ICC’s current intercollegiate sports program, where Ramsey coached the softball team for 28 years and the women’s basketball team for 33 seasons.
By her retirement in 2003, Ramsey had a career softball coaching record of 840-309, including NJCAA national championships in 1982 and 1998, and a basketball career record of 887-197 and NJCAA Division II national basketball titles in 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2003. The on-campus gymnasium is dedicated to her and bears her name.
She is a member of 10 halls of fame, including induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 1992. She was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. In addition, Ramsey was on the NFCA’s first board of directors when the organization got underway in 1983 as the National Softball Coaches Association.
Ramsey received her B.A. from Illinois State in 1955, a master’s from North Carolina-Greensboro in 1963 and another master’s from Bradley in 1971.