(INDIO) – Vowing “preparation, confidence and respect for the game,” new SoCal Coyotes’ assistant coach Mark Ramer this week officially stepped into the position of defensive coordinator for the 2017 fall season with America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™.

Ramer, a veteran coach with deep roots, relationships and respect at three different prominent California high schools, will direct a mature ‘Darkside Defense’ teeming with D-1 talent and NFL- CFL pro-ready prospects. The four-time champion Coyotes went undefeated for a second time in 2016, and were the only California team to be nationally ranked in the Top 20.

Ramer takes the helm of a swarming Coyotes’ defense that last year put up a league-leading four shutouts in seven games, surrendered just 43 total points, posted 32 sacks, picked off 11 passes and recovered 12 fumbles.

New Coordinator Mark Ramer will engineer the 2017 edition of the swarming Darkside Defense – the Coyotes are riding a 20-game fall win streak that dates back to 2015

“Our defense is our core strength, and allowing that talent to thrive requires a coordinator who is rock steady, patient, and disciplined,” said head coach J David Miller.

“We expect the Darkside to reach new heights under Mark’s executive leadership,” Miller added. “Coach Ramer cares about the man inside the helmet. He lives a life that is ‘Above the Line.’ Our players embrace professional teachers, consistent men who can lead them through both the pain, and the process.”

Ramer has coached at Norte Vista, La Sierra and Grand Terrace High Schools, and brings the Coyotes extensive experience on both sides of the ball. Ramer’s philosophies mirror the Coyotes’ attacking mentality, and places particular emphasis on offensive and defensive line play.

The Fontana native graduated from La Sierra High in 1978, where he was a first-team All-Conference lineman under head coach Roger Folsom. Ramer played for the legendary Jim Kross at Riverside City College, before earning a full scholarship to Montana Tech. Ramer is the proud father of four grown children and three step-children. His oldest son Andrew set a school record as an offensive lineman at Norfolk State, with 45 consecutive starts.

His daughter Meghann graduated from Fresno State, and is now a teacher. His middle son Austen was an All-American water polo goalie at California Baptist University, before playing professionally in Australia. His youngest son Chandler is a four-year senior who plays football at Pacific University in Oregon.

Ramer and his bride Suzy have three children in area Coachella Valley schools. Her oldest son Fletcher attends College of the Desert; middle son Forrest attends Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert; while their youngest daughter Faith attends La Quinta High School.

Coach Ramer’s continuing education includes a degree in business management from Azusa Pacific University. He advanced to the University of California School of Business, where he received a Certificate of Completion in the Supervisor Development Program.

Ramer also attended the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he completed their Food Industry Management Program.

Outside of football, Ramer has been employed by Stater Bros. Markets for 35 years. As Supervisor of Safety & Training, Ramer oversees more than 600 employees at the Stater Bros. San Bernardino-based Distribution Center, which encompasses over 2.1 million square feet and is the largest one-roof supermarket distribution center in America.

The Coyotes open their season September 2 at Shadow Hills Stadium against the California Sharks. They anchor the Pacific Coast Division of the World Developmental Football League, which has 32 teams in six countries.

About the SoCal Coyotes

The SoCal Coyotes are the national standard of American developmental football. Our non-profit organization provides elite athletes a professional environment that refines and showcases their skills through our trademarked processes similar to the NBA’s D-league and MLB’s minor-league systems. NFL executives have named the SoCal Coyotes organization America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™ for its national, scalable brands, community outreach programs, five-year operating track record, verifiable data, youth curriculum, sales, public-private sector alliances, and measured results. Visit The SoCal Coyotes on Facebook.




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