Charles E. Ramsey, regarded as one of the young up-and-coming basketball coaches in the country due to his abilities both in recruiting and on the floor, is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at California.
In his first year at Cal, Ramsey was instrumental in helping the Bears post their best overall record since 1960 (23-9), as they reached the Sweet 16 of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. He has also been a part of two NIT teams, including the 1999 squad that captured the NIT championship.
Prior to arriving in Berkeley, Ramsey was a member of Ben Braun's staff during two different stints at Eastern Michigan. A 1991 graduate of EMU, he first served under Braun as an assistant coach from 1990-93, including the 1990-91 season when the Eagles captured the MAC championship and also advanced to the Sweet 16.
Ramsey then coached one year as an assistant at Tennessee State, helping the team to a 19-11 record, an Ohio Valley Conference title and berth in the NCAA Tournament. From there, Ramsey went to Drake University for two seasons, serving as associate coach.
He returned to Eastern Michigan in April of 1996 before making the trip to Berkeley with Braun in the fall of '96.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Ramsey also has coached extensively on the high school level, with five seasons as an assistant boys' basketball coach at Ypsilanti HS in Michigan from 1982-87. He was head coach of Team Michigan, a squad consisting of top college prospects in Michigan.
A native of Ypsilanti, Mich., Ramsey attended Fisk University, where he was a member of the basketball team from 1979-81 and earned conference all-freshman honors. At Eastern Michigan, Ramsey received a bachelor's degree in sociology. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and is a lifetime member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
Ramsey is married to Allison Lester Ramsey, and they have one child, Charles Wm. Ramsey (Tr?), born Dec. 11, 2000.