The Cliff Ramos Perseverance Scholarship Award
Coach Cliff Ramos was one of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in the nation, let alone in Georgia. He was the “National Wrestling Coaches of America” association’s “National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year” in 2011. But more importantly, he was a great man and a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. FCA Wrestling is now introducing this new “Coach Cliff Ramos Perseverance Scholarship” award, to honor the life and career of Coach Cliff Ramos, and to continue the legacy of his unwavering devotion to his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.
Cliff was a man of faith and honor, who truly loved people. During his 42-year coaching career he coached many champions and impacted thousands of young lives for the Lord. Any wrestler who ever competed on a Coach Ramos team would agree, he knew how to help young people reach their God-given potential. He had the respect of his wrestlers, fellow coaches, and his entire community. In fact, Cliff’s influence ranged way past his local community to the wrestling world at large, across Georgia and around the nation.
In the spring of 2018, at the age of 65, Coach Ramos was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On October 15, 2020, the Lord called Cliff home to heaven. During his battle with cancer, Cliff fought valiantly, giving it his very best effort to the very end. He never lost sight of his long-term goals, to love God, to love and inspire his family, and leave a godly legacy for thousands in the wrestling world to follow.
When FCA Wrestling was first founded in the summer of 2008, Coach Ramos was one of the first people we tapped into. He was always a critical asset to our summer wrestling camps, to our tournament devotions strategy, and to our process of impacting wrestling coaches for the Lord. Cliff was an invaluable asset to the ministry of FCA Wrestling right up until his “homecoming” in October of 2020. He will always be deeply appreciated and profoundly missed. Cliff was “one of a kind”.
Now, his wife, Kathy, and his children Taylor, Trevor, & Kara (all married with young families), and many of the wrestlers he coached continue Cliff’s legacy of impacting the wrestling community for Christ.