(KMAland) -- For the second consecutive day, our KMA Sports Hall of Fame announcement went to the world of coaching.
Among multiple sports, former Farragut coach Tom Ramsey made an indelible impact on KMAland. But it was on the basketball sideline where he is most remembered.
Ramsey followed the great Leon Plummer as the Lady Ads head coach in 1979 and stayed on through 1989 before solely taking over the boy’s program for the next 22 seasons.
“Just overall, it was a good place to be,” Ramsey said of Farragut. “We raised our family there, and everybody was just real nice to us.”
Among Ramsey’s 263 career wins in boy’s basketball, he counts a state tournament victory in 1992. The Admirals would go on to a fourth place finish, losing to Pomeroy-Palmer in the consolation game by two points.
“The boys were just a great group,” Ramsey said. “They just did everything they needed to do. They worked hard, were unselfish and they really were a team.”
Ramsey coached Farragut to the Corner Conference Tournament championship in 1991 and 1992 and runner-up finishes in 1998 and 2005. His girl’s team finished second in the 1982 tournament.
Ramsey also spent over a decade as the head football coach, leading a quick turnaround from an 0-9 season before he arrived to 7-2 in his second year as coach.
“Most of the success came from the boys working hard,” Ramsey said. “They were dedicated to the game they played. They spent a lot of time on their own, too.”
Ramsey joins Red Oak’s Dan Martinez and Underwood’s Joyce Tiarks among four coaches to be inducted into the 2018-19 KMA Sports Hall of Fame class.
Other coaches from past years include Mike Artist (Glenwood soccer), Gary Bergstrom (Griswold Track & Field), Ray Graves (Shenandoah Cross Country), Gail Hartigan (Treynor basketball) and Angie Spangenberg (Red Oak/Harlan volleyball).
Hear the complete interview with Coach Ramsey linked here.
Previous announcements are linked below. Listen to KMA's Upon Further Review each day in August for a new Hall of Fame announcement.
Wednesday, August 1st - Dan Martinez, Red Oak (Coach)
Thursday, August 2nd - Ricky Williams, Riverside (Basketball)
Friday, August 3rd - 1989 Glenwood Wrestling (Team)
Monday, August 6th - Bill Blay, Griswold (Track & Field/Cross Country)
Tuesday, August 7th - Madison Frain Peterson, Creston (Softball)
Wednesday, August 8th - 2008 Lenox Football (Team)
Thursday, August 9th - Megan Winkelmann Ivusic, Nodaway Valley (Cross Country)
Friday, August 10th - Connie Shafar, Bedford (Basketball)
Monday, August 13th - Kadie Subbert, Stanton (Volleyball)
Tuesday, August 14th - Joyce Tiarks, Underwood (Coach)