By the age of ten, most 5th graders will tell you that when they grow up they want to be a policeman, a fireman, a soldier, a doctor or some similar career. For Brian Ramsey, it was to be a coach.
“I was in fifth or sixth grade when I started wanting to be a coach,” Ramsey said. “I don’t know why, it’s just always been a dream, and man, it’s been fun.”
Ramsey graduated from Salina High School and did his college work at Sam Houston State in Huntsville and eventually graduate from Howard Payne University in Brownwood.
After college, the first coaching job Ramsey was a junior high linebacker coach in Gatesville, Texas. But being the linebacker coach did not last long.
“About the third game,” Ramsey said, “the AD called me in his office and promoted me to call the defense. That was a very exciting time for me, being new in the profession and being able to move up a little bit and that fast.”
The change in responsibilities so quickly did make Ramsey a little nervous.
“Now the game depended on what I called and what I did,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey has now been coaching for 20 years with a variety of successes to his credit.
“I’ve coached a State Championship team in Power Lifting, State Qualifiers in Track and been to the quarter-finals three times in football,” Ramsey said. “I’ve really had some good success and the opportunity to coach a lot of really good kids along the way,”
Coach Ramsey is proud of every team he has coached over the years. But there is one that stands out.
“We’ve had some really special teams,” Ramsey said. “The one at Electra, my first year there, we were 5-6, 4-1 in district and district runner up. It was a special year because we started the year 0-3, didn’t even score a touchdown. We were installing a new offense and having trouble with it, then suddenly everything started clicking and we got on a really good roll.”
Despite the successes at other schools, Ramsey is very excited to be at Morton and believes that this will be his most special coaching job of all.
“This is probably one of the best places I have been when it comes to the community, the kids, the work ethic, and the attitudes,” Ramsey said. “Man, it has really been fun.”
Coming to Morton brought some changes in coaching for Ramsey.
“I’m really excited with the opportunity here in Morton to coach six-man,” Ramsey said. “I’ve never coached six-man and trying to retool my offense to fit six-man verbiage, but I think we finally -got it figured out and our kids really took off. Man, it was fun.”
And it was also an unusual year for Ramsey in another way.
“We didn’t lose anyone until week 8,” Ramsey said. “That has never happened before. It just shows the commitment of our student-athletes here at Morton.”
But that was last year. This year Ramsey and his Morton Indian team moved back into an 11-man competition. The Indians won their first home 11-man game since 2017 by beating the Lamesa JV 49-0 on September 23.
“My best season has been 5-6,” Ramsey said. “I’ve had teams move into postseason play 4 out of the past 6 years. But that Lamesa win was extra special.”
Coach Ramsey has been married to his wife Amy for 28 years. They have three children, Michael, Sele, and Barron.
“Our eldest is Michael, he’s 25 and graduated from West Texas A& M,” Ramsey said. “He is in his first year of nursing and making more money than I am.”
Their daughter, Sele, is also studying nursing at Grayson County College and their youngest, Barron, is in the Elementary school here at Morton.
For fun, the Ramsey’s like to take their kids out hunting and fishing.
“I love to get out the in woods with those guys and teach them things about the wild and the country,” Ramsey said. “We all really enjoy hunting and fishing and those types of things.”
The Ramsey’s have been coaching together since college.
“Our kids have been raised going to track meets, riding the bus, and going to games,” Ramsey said.
So, who’s the boss?
“You’ll have to ask her,” Ramsey said. “I think we all know the answer to that question.”