About Us

Jaime Ramirez joined the head coaching ranks at Fresno Pacific in 1991 after serving as an assistant for nine years. In his first season he guided the Sunbirds men to an impressive 15-2-1 record and was honored by his peers as the NAIA District 3 and All-Far West Coach of the Year. In 18 seasons, Ramirez has coached the Sunbirds men to a 221-101-24 record that includes seven Golden State Athletic Conference Championships (1991, 92, 98, 99, 2002, 03, 05), three Region Championships (1999, 2003, 2007) and four NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances (1999, 2003, 2007, 2008). His 221 wins are the most in FPU soccer history. For the first time since 2003, the Sunbirds were able to make it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship Tournament. His 2003 Sunbirds completed a sparkling 22-2-0 record which included a national run that ended with a 1-0 loss to Rio Grande, Ohio, in the national championship match.

Jaime Ramirez is also the driving force behind FPU women's soccer. His vision and hard work resulted in the formation of the Sunbirds women's soccer club in 1998. He guided the team through three club seasons and its first five intercollegiate seasons. He yielded his head coaching responsibilities to long-time assistant Erik Farfan prior to the start of the 2006 season. Ramirez grew up in Mexicali, Mexico, and moved to Clovis, California, at the age of 11. He has been a fixture in the Fresno Pacific University soccer program since the mid-1970s. He enrolled at FPU in the fall of 1977, following an outstanding career at Clovis High School that included three MVP awards. Ramirez is one of the most gifted athletes to don a Fresno Pacific uniform. His career records for most goals scored (54) and most points scored (134) stood for nearly twenty years. Ramirez was a four-time Fresno Pacific MVP, four-time NAIA All-District Three, and three-time NAIA All-America honoree. As a senior in the 1980 campaign, he led the (then) Vikings to the school's first NAIA District 3 championship. Ramirez played one season (1982) for the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League, then returned to Fresno to complete his education. He played 20 seasons in the San Joaquin Soccer League, the last seven with SC San Marcos. He helped San Marcos to the state semifinals in 1996 before retiring in 1997.

Ramirez has also been active in local youth soccer. He was the guiding force behind the Roosevelt Revolution Soccer Club. The program, initiated in 1995, serves 80 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16, from the Southeast Fresno neighborhoods surrounding the university. In 2011, he became the Director of Coaching for the newly formed club program, Central Valley Soccer Alliance, which merged Bullard FC and CVSA Cyclone clubs. Also in 2011, Ramirez driving passion for soccer lead to the creation of the Fresno Futsal Academy to bring to Fresno a soccer training sport that has been used around the world for generations to develop soccer's finest skilled athletes. He completed his bachelor and master of arts degrees at FPU. Prior to joining the faculty in bilingual teacher training and physical education, Ramirez taught for 12 years at Aynesworth Elementary School in Fresno. Ramirez and wife Laura Beth live near campus and are the parents of three children, Orlando, Julie and Gabriel. They attend The Well Community Church.

Coaching Staff

Director Jaime Ramirez

Assistant Director Julie Ramirez