UIS Baseball Camps
Head Coach Chris Ramirez
Chris Ramirez has been at the helm of the baseball program since 2014 and holds an overall record of 111-96 (.536) with the Prairie Stars.
In four seasons, Ramirez has produced four seasons of at least 22 wins, including 28-win seasons in 2014 and 2016 and a record 33-win year in 2017. Ramirez has qualified for the GLVC tournament in three of his four seasons, going 2-2 in 2017 as the three-seed in the east division.
In 2017, the Prairie Stars had one of the best offenses in the GLVC, leading the league in average (.319), runs (411), hits (578), extra-base hits (199), RBI (375), total bases (936), and slugging percentage (.516).
Since joining the Prairie Stars, he has coached 17 All-GLVC players --- including a record seven selections in 2017 --- including first-team selections Jared Massengill (2014), Adam Warda (2015), Trey Hannam (16, 17), Michael Rothmund (2017), and Cole Taylor (2017).
Taylor and Rothmund were both named to the All-Midwest Region team, Taylor on the First-Team and Rothmund on the Second-Team.
Along with success on the field, Ramirez has been a vital component in the fundraising efforts at UIS, helping build the UIS Baseball Field into what it is today. Since Ramirez joined the staff, the field has seen new dugouts, a new backstop, batting cage, and will now see a turf infield, which will be installed in the summer of 2017.
Ramirez is the third coach in the history of UIS baseball and came to Springfield from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where he was the longest tenured assistant on the staff.
Prior to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Ramirez was an assistant coach at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. At Southeastern, Ramirez helped lead the Hawks to 68 wins over two seasons which included two of the program's three best seasons and a conference title. Fourteen players during that time moved on to four-year schools with two being chosen in the MLB Draft.
Ramirez also gained coaching experience during the summer of 2007 by serving as an assistant for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League - a collegiate summer league. In the spring of 2006, he took the title of head coach at West Burlington High School, where he led the Falcons through their summer baseball schedule.
As a player, Ramirez spent two seasons at High Point University as an outfielder. He was named to the Big South All-Academic Team in 2005. He began his collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa where he was a closer on the mound and outfielder. He spent one summer playing for the Northwoods League in LaCrosse, Wis., and the summer of the 2004 in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Ramirez played for Fort Madison High School in Iowa where he was a two-time all-state first selection and MVP of his conference as a senior. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from High Point in 2005. Ramirez and his wife Lindsay live in Springfield with their daughters Layla and Mia.