Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Kurt Ramler has been hired as the second-ever head football coach at St. Scholastica in replacement of the now-retired Greg Carlson, it was officially announced by the school's athletic department on Monday afternoon.
In his introductory news conference, Ramler spoke of ensuring the foundation set up by Carlson remains in tact for Saints football.
"I think we have to make sure that the great experience the kids are having within the program continues, first and foremost," Ramler said. "That truly will be the mission of the program."
Ramler spent last season as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at St. John's University, the same school from which he graduated in 1997.
Before that, Ramler spent six seasons as head coach at Carleton College, where he amassed an overall record of (22-38) and was named the 2008 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) coach of the year.
It was that Division III experience that helped make Ramler an attractive candidate for St. Scholastica, and he says he hopes to continue leading well-rounded young men for the Saints.
"They don't have to choose," Ramler said of Division III athletes. "Do you want to be a great student? Do you want to be a great athlete? Do you want to have a great experience in college? At St. Scholastica, they'll just say yes to all of the above."
"We are very fortunate to have somebody who not only has great coaching background," St. Scholastica athletic director Don Olson said, "but also embraces the Division III philosophy and understands private liberal arts education."
Ramler and the Saints will open spring practices on Tuesday afternoon, with the the team's 2014 schedule set to open Sept. 6 at home against Ripon.