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Coach Jose Ramirez

Coach Ramirez is originally from Naples Florida where he wrestled at Lely High School. He came to Eastern Michigan University to wrestle for legendary Coach Willie Gadson and while there, was a member of the 1996 Mid-American Conference Championship – the first and (still) only team to win the MAC title. Coach Ramirez graduated with a teaching degree in physical education and in his post-graduate work, he received a Masters in Athletic Administration from Wayne State University. 

Passionate about all types of athletics, Coach Ramirez has held myriad coaching and athletic leadership positions. For six years, he served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Grosse Pointe South High School; he started and still leads the Detroit Wrestling Academy for youth wrestlers in southwest Detroit.  He is currently he is an Assistant Wrestling Coach at both the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the Beat the Streets Detroit Youth Wrestling program.  Coach Ramirez’ full time job is that of Athletic Director and teacher at the  Academy of the Americas (AOA) where he has worked for the past 18 years. 

He has coached many different sports other than wrestling – archery, t-ball, soccer, volleyball and softball and strongly believes that coaching is a means to positively influence the lives of children.  He credits much of his passion for wrestling and coaching to another legendary coach – Willie Gadson – who he found profoundly inspirational.  Coach Ramirez makes it his mission in life to improve the lives of kids and he especially loves working with the young wrestlers at Patton Park who participate with Beat the Streets Detroit!