Kurt Ramler will enter his third season as Head Football Coach in the 2016. Ramler was announced as the second Head Football Coach in St. Scholastica history on March 31, 2014.
Ramler has led the Saints to UMAC Championships and NCAA Division III playoff appearances in his first two seasons. He has had six players named conference players of the year and has had 32 All-UMAC during that span.
In his first season with the Saints, Ramler guided CSS to its second unbeaten regular season in program history. The Saints had a program-best 12 First Team All-UMAC selections and 18 selections overall. Ramler was named the UMAC Coach of the Year in 2014.
Ramler came over from his Alma Mater of Saint John’s University where he spent the 2013 season as the Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. Prior to his stop at Saint John's, Ramler was the head football coach at Carleton College for six seasons where he was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Coach of the Year in 2008. During that season, he led the Knights to a 7-3 record, their best since the 1992 season.
Other coaching stops for Ramler include the Offensive Coordinator and Head Golf Coach at Heidelberg University (Ohio), Wide Receiver’s Coach at FCS Wagner College (N.Y.) and Quarterback/Wide Receiver Coach at Division III’s Hamilton College (N.Y.).
At Saint John’s, Ramler played for legendary head coach John Gagliardi from 1993-96. As quarterback, he was a two-time All-MIAC selection, including being named the conference’s Most Valuable Player in 1996. He was also a second team Academic All-District selection in 1996.
In 1996, he was named a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which is handed out to the Most-Outstanding Division III Football Player. He holds the top three Johnnie records for passing yards in a game and is second in career passing yards and career touchdown passes. He won 27 games in his time as starting quarterback, which is tied for the second-most in program history.
“I believe Scholastica is a great fit for me because the college offers what I believe Division III athletics are all about; a great community, a great education, and a great experience,” described Ramler. “Part of the allure for me is the historic tradition established by the Benedictine sisters here at Scholastica; years ago they built an amazing college comprised of amazing people. We hope to build a football team that reflects that tradition.”
Ramler earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Saint John’s and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Wagner.