The Castleton softball team will have a new face in the dugout this season with the addition of new coach Eric Ramey. Ramey, however, is no stranger to this program, having coached the Spartans from 2003 to 2005 with two winning seasons. The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the NAC preseason poll and look to back up that lofty slot this season.
The scenery has changed since Ramey was last calling the shots. He said the current field was not the field they played on in the early 2000’s
“They’ve (Castleton) made a tremendous commitment to the athletic program,” Ramey said. “The improvement has made this place much more attractive.”
Ramey is enthusiastic about the group he has this year.
“I got to meet the girls in the fall so I got a real good feel for what we have talent wise,” said Ramey
Ramey also emphasized the commitment the team has for each other. The sense of family is the big asset that Ramey said will help them throughout the season. Just like any family, he said he realizes there will be some ups and downs.
“We’ll find out who we are the first time we face adversity. That will really shape who we are,” said Ramey
The theme being carried throughout the team is believe in each other and believe in yourself.
“There’s a process to what we do. How we practice affects how we play,” said Ramey. “We’ll do the things we need to do and all the pieces will fall into place.”
Although health and weather are big factors, the biggest obstacle will be Husson, Ramey said jokingly.
“Until someone knocks them off of the mountain, they’re the king,” said Ramey.
Ramey did say he may be the team’s leader, but the ladies on the team will be the ones who make things happen.
“This is their team, I’m just driving the bus,” said Ramey.
Ramey looks to steer that bus in the right direction as the Spartans open up their season at home on Thursday March 12 at 11 a.m. against the University of South Carolina Sumter.