The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 25, 2013

Jason Ramirez hired as football coach at Liberal

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Jason Ramirez, whose coaching experience includes a year as an assistant in wrestling at Joplin, is the new head football coach at Liberal High School.

Ramirez coached junior high football and assisted Keith Aikin in high school wrestling at Frontenac in 2012-13.

Ramirez replaces Greg Warlop with the Class 1 Bulldogs (members of the Spring River Valley Conference). Warlop was their head coach for three seasons.

Watlop said Friday he hadn’t landed a coaching position for next year.

“I don’t want to rush into anything,” Warlop said. “I’m just looking. I’m not 100 percent sure what I will be doing.”

Ramirez, 26, is a graduate of Arkansas City High School (2006) and Pittsburg State. He was a wide receiver/defensive back at Arkansas City for Jack Crumbliss.

Ramirez attended Cowley County Community College for a year, transferred to Pratt to wrestle — an injury interrupted those plans —and returned to Cowley before continuing his education at PSU.

“I’ve been coaching for a while,” Ramirez said. “I began in youth leagues when I was a junior in high school. The year in wrestling at Joplin High School under Shawn Finch was in 2011.”

Ramirez also has been an assistant in wrestling at Arkansas City High School.

”I was a substitute teacher last year while coaching at Frontenac,” Ramirez. “I was on the sidelines a few times for Coach (Mark) Smith at the high school and did whatever he asked.

“I’m excited about being named coach at Liberal,” Ramirez said. “We’ve had a couple of meetings (parents and players) and could start the 2013 season with some 26 players. I believe they lost three seniors.

“It’s my belief we have an opportunity to get some wins and improve in all aspects during the season,” Ramirez said. “We are going to improve. I’m planning to have two camps at Liberal during the summer.”

Ramirez, who expects to assist in track in the spring, said the Liberal grid staff is complete with returnees Robert Williams and David Percy and newcomers Tucker Brown and Casey Lewis.

Warlop, a 1992 graduate of Arma Northeast, played football at PSU and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Gorillas.

He assisted at Carl Junction High School for a year and served another year at William Jewell University before returning to PSU for seven.

Warlop also has a master’s degree from PSU.