Coaches and staff
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Jim Donovan

Head Coach

As Oberlin heads into its 53rd season of varsity lacrosse, Donovan begins his 19th year as head coach. While participating in one of the most competitive leagues in the country he topped the century mark in wins last season and now has 102 victories in his college lacrosse coaching career.

A 1961, graduate of Oberlin College, Donovan played both lacrosse and football for the Yeomen and was a member of three Midwest Lacrosse Association championship teams, including the undefeated teams of 1959 and 1960.

He also played for over 20 years with Cleveland Lacrosse Club. Donovan has an extensive coaching background in football and basketball as well as lacrosse. A head football coach at Oberlin High School for years and a member of the Lorain County Hall of Fame, he also served as an assistant football coach at Oberlin College for 13 years.


Jeff Ramsey

Assistant Coach

Jeff Ramsey enters his second season as head football coach at Oberlin College after serving as an assistant coach with several winning programs throughout every division of the NCAA.

Ramsey comes to Oberlin after serving as an outbound operations manager for the National Association of College Stores in Oberlin for the past three years.

Prior to that, Ramsey was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Sonoma State (Calif.) University.

Before Sonoma State, he was the wide receiver and tight end coach at the University of Nevada at Reno. During his tenure at Nevada, the Wolfpack led the NCAA Division I-AA in scoring and pass offense for two years and was in the 1991 NCAA Division I-AA championship game and the 1990 semifinals.

In addition, he has coaching stops as an assistant coach at Marietta (Ohio) College, where he was defensive backfield coach and the head golf coach; the University of Illinois, where he was a graduate assistant coach in charge of the tight ends and running backs for two seasons; and at his alma mater, UC-Davis, where he served as the freshman coach and offensive coordinator, and was the tight end coach for the varsity team. While at UC-Davis, Ramsey coached in the 1982 NCAA Division II championship game, the 1983 semifinals and the 1984 and '85 quarterfinals.

He has coached seven All-Americans as well as 12 players who have seen action in the National Football League.

As a player, Ramsey was the starting wide receiver and backup quarterback for two seasons at UC-Davis. He was a member of tow conference championship and made two Division II playoff appearances. before playing at UC-Davis, Ramsey was the starting wide receiver and was a member of one conference championship team at Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College.

Ramsey has been active in Lorain County as well as the Oberlin community as a member of the Oberlin Historic and Improvement Organization and the Oberlin Sustainable Agriculture Project. He also has been a trustee on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County.

Ramsey earned a master of science in kinesiology and athletic administration in 1988 from the University of Illinois. He also received a bachelor of arts in physical education in 1983 from the University of California at Davis.

Ramsey and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Shane and C.J.

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