Greater Atlanta Christian adds wrestling legend to staff

Greater Atlanta Christian has announced the hiring of Cliff Ramos, perhaps the greatest wrestling coach in  state history.
Ramos recently retired at Collins Hill after winning nine state championships in 16 years, along with the last three Class AAAAA tournaments in both traditional and dual championships. Collins Hill also finished this season with the No. 9 ranking, the highest ever for a Georgia team.
At GAC, Ramos will serve as the private school’s director of wrestling, working closely with head coach Jeff Harsh.
“We were looking for a dreamer, a director, a leader who could help us grow our program,” GAC athletics director Tim Vick said. “Cliff has that kind of vision and the spiritual focus that will advance GAC’s mission of touching lives for Christ.”
Collins Hill promoted assistant Josh Stephen to replace Ramos.

Greater Atlanta Christian has announced the hiring of Cliff Ramos, perhaps the greateest wrestling coach in  state history.

Cliff Ramos (AJC file)

Cliff Ramos (AJC file)

Ramos recently retired at Collins Hill after winning nine state championships in 16 years, along with the last three Class AAAAA tournaments in both traditional and dual championships. Collins Hill also finished this season with the nation’s No. 9 ranking, the highest ever for a Georgia team.

At GAC, Ramos will serve as the private school’s director of wrestling, working closely with head coach Jeff Harsh.

“We were looking for a dreamer, a director, a leader who could help us grow our program,” GAC athletics director Tim Vick said. “Cliff has that kind of vision and the spiritual focus that will advance GAC’s mission of touching lives for Christ.”

Collins Hill promoted assistant Josh Stephen to replace Ramos.

20 comments Add your comment

JTH

March 15th, 2010
4:23 pm

Wrestling is fake

Collins Hill Mom

March 15th, 2010
9:05 pm

We will miss him at Collins Hill. We wish you the best Coach Ramos.

Guwinster

March 15th, 2010
10:44 pm

Wow, GAC must really be tossing him a ton of money.

It will take some time before he gets GAC to where Grayson was (GAC has a horrible wrestling program) but there is no reason why it won’t happen. At a private school like GAC, Ramos will be able to recruit any wrestler he wants.

NCC

March 15th, 2010
11:20 pm

WWE wrestling is fake not HS wrestling….. GAC will be good not right now but will soon be producing state champions!!

Nh42

March 16th, 2010
12:01 am

GAC is very young. Apart from the sole junior on the varsity squad, who placed 4th at the state tournament this year, the entire team is made up completely of freshmen and sophmores. Ramos will mold these young wrestlers and will drastically raise up a team that is already looking at a strong season next year, with every one of it’s starters returning. GAC has never produced any state champions, but has some extremely promising young wrestlers, especially some of their middleweights (130-152).

Attitude

March 16th, 2010
10:22 am

You know a school is more about finances than Religion when they actually hire a Director or Wrestling at the High School level. That is just absolutely hilarious and ludicrous to boot!!! Do they have a Director of Addition? Director of Consumer Sciences? Director of Physics? Etc. to go along with the teachers? Or is wrestling the only program with both a coach and director???

Sorry….Just about the most stupid use of school resources I have seen in the past couple of years.

J. Nash

March 16th, 2010
11:52 am

To nh42: Yes, they have a very young team. Their 171 should have been in the state finals but was knocked into the consolation bracket due to contreversial calls by a referee who had already been widely complained about. However, saying the middleweights are promising would be far from correct. Their 125 couldn’t even place in his area, a very weak weight, and the 152 shouldn’t have even been on varsity. If this team does anything above average this year it will be solely the Doug of Cliff Ramos.

Paula Clark Seabolt (Glenn House)

March 16th, 2010
1:32 pm

How proud I am that you have decided to continue changing lives though the matt. Had I not experienced first hand being the mother of a dedicated wrestler, I would not have known how his life would be shaped in a major way through the sport and a coach who loved the kid as much as the sport. My son is a fine man with good morals; he is a wonderful father and husband. His work ethic is commendable and after 25 years I have no doubt that he continues to be guided in part by your leadership. You know that I adore you and your family and wish only the best for you all. My prayers are with you. Smiles, Paula

Voice of Reason

March 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

@ JTH;

I believe you’re referring to Wrastling.

wrestling fan

March 16th, 2010
5:56 pm

125 was actually a very strong weight class this year, why GAC’s sophomore couldn’t place in his area. Their 152 and 171 are very good, especially the 171.

Ramoswrestling

March 17th, 2010
7:54 am

Hey j nash, get your facts straight gacs 152 made it to state and got knocked out first round by the eventual state champion from Calhoun first round who teched everyone he faced even in the finals but yah he doesn’t deserve to be on varsity good try kid

J. Nash

March 17th, 2010
8:03 am

Since he simply placed in his area and made it to state you mean? However, that 140 Is a MONSTER!

Ramoswrestling

March 17th, 2010
8:11 am

If you think 140 is a monster the 152 has won more varsity matches placed in more tournaments and they both went as far as each other at state who do you even wrestle for j Nash

J. Nash

March 17th, 2010
9:50 am

won more varsity matches? Ehhhh that’s debatable mr feuerbach

Ramoswrestling

March 17th, 2010
10:56 am

No it’s not mr hemby and mr duriez(jv wrestler)

fitzdawg79

March 19th, 2010
12:07 pm

I know that Jefferson is a small school, but don’t you think they should get some credit for their record? Many years ago I wrestled for Coach Thurman when he was still at Johnson in Gainesville.

fitzdawg79

March 19th, 2010
12:10 pm

ChrisN

March 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

I think Jack Keen, Thurmond’s predecessor at Jefferson, was the greatest wrestling coach in state history. He had multiple state champions in both wrestling and track. Not only that, he was named the school district STAR teacher 28 times, teaching advanced math.

Coach Thurmond, who wrestled for Coach Keen, would probably agree.

fitzdawg79

March 19th, 2010
7:52 pm

Having wrestled (and lost) against several of Coach Keen’s boys when Coach Thurmond was my coach at Johnson, I would have to agree with you Chris. It wasn’t just that he was a great coach of technique, it was also his grasp of tactics. In those days if he didn’t have anybody at 103 (or if they didn’t make weight) he would dress his daughter to accept forfeits if the opposing team was in the same boat. While Coach Thurmond certainly inherited a stocked program, enough time has passed with enough success to say that Doug can coach a bit too.

Jimmy Dorsey Jr

March 31st, 2010
2:21 pm

Thank you for the development of my grandsons ( the Smith’s) on the mat and as young men.
Atlanta Christian is going to be more than glad to have a man of your caliber. I wish you well and thanks again

From Baltimore