Salem College

No Men's Program Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small Developing team


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Robin Ramirez

Salem College Interim Director of Athletics Chelsey Stewart announced that Robin Ramirez was named the program's head soccer coach on Monday, August 2nd, in a formal announcement.

Ramirez concluded his first year at Salem with a 7-10-1 overall record, winning three matches against USA South Conference opposition along the way. He took over the reins of a program that had not taken the field since 2020, missing the entire 2021 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His seven victories equaled the win totals of his predecessors—Jay Callahan (2008-17) and Octavia Saunders (2018-20)—in their first season as well. His 2021 unit established the program record for most single-season saves (135) and tied the 2008 unit for 11th-most goals (35) in program history.

Ramirez claimed his first win at Salem by defeating Warren Wilson 9-0 on September 1st in Swannanoa, N.C. Three days later, the Spirits posted an 8-0 victory over Agnes Scott, improving the season to 2-0. Ramirez guided Salem to shutout wins over Sweet Briar (2-0) and Greensboro (1-0) in the first month of play. October’s first win also came in shutout fashion, 1-0, when Salem defeated Pfeiffer in USA South Conference action. The season concluded on October 23rd with a 3-2 overtime win over William Peace, when senior Ellie Montes drove home a Baylee Greenwood pass for the game-winning goal in the 102nd-minute.

Ramirez assumed the head coaching role at Salem after serving in the same capacity at Hollins for six seasons (2014-21). He began his collegiate coaching career at Eureka College, leading the women’s soccer program from 2011-14. In addition to his roles at Hollins and Eureka, Ramirez has worked on the Club Soccer circuit since 2004.

Ramirez, who became the third coach in Salem's program history after Jay Callahan and Octavia Saunders, piloted Hollins to four wins and 4.50 goals against average in 2019, the lowest since the 2013 campaign. His Hollins units earned Team Ethics Award of Merit on three occasions including 2016 (Silver), 2017 (Gold) and 2018 (Silver), along with being named as United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award recipients in 2018 and 2019.

Ramirez’s first head coaching job at the collegiate level came in 2011 at Eureka College. He inherited 11 players from the previous season and quickly expanded the roster to 17 within just one season. Two years later, in 2013, Ramirez’s second recruiting class helped lead the program to their most single-season victories (five) in program history and set six single-season program records along the way. As a result, his goalkeeper had the lowest goals against average in program history and Eureka posted the most overall wins since 2008 and most league wins since 2009.

Upon graduating from Fordham, Ramirez built his coaching career on the Club Soccer circuit with positions in San Francisco, California (San Francisco University High School) and the Bronx, N.Y. (Bronx House) before being named as the men’s assistant soccer coach at Manhattan College. During his two seasons with the Jaspers, Ramirez served as an assistant coach and director of soccer operations for the men’s program.

After earning 24 hours towards a master's degree in education with a focus in special education from Manhattan, Ramirez continued to develop as a soccer coach with positions at the Sports Domain Academy (Montclair, N.J.), Lindbergh Middle School (Peoria, Ill.), FC Metro Select Lil' Devils (Eureka, Ill.) and VBR Star (Roanoke, Va.) with a multitude of titles.

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Gina Ryan

Salem soccer coach Robin Ramirez announced on Tuesday, August 16th that Gina Ryan was named as an assistant coach for the Spirits. Ryan, who played collegiately at UNC Pembroke, joined the program prior to the start of the 2022 preseason camp.

A native of Cape Carteret, N.C., Ryan was a four-year letterwinner for the UNC Pembroke soccer program while earning her bachelor of science in accounting. From 2016-19, Ryan appeared in 75 matches, logged just over 6,702 minutes and made 332 saves to cap off her career with a .849 save percentage. Along the way she was responsible for a 49-17-4 all-time record in net and notched 36 shutouts.

In addition to her collegiate play, Ryan also coached three years at Tracy Noonan’s Dynasty Goalkeeping camps. Noonan, who is a three-time National Champion at North Carolina, played on the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1995-99, capturing the 1999 World Cup. In addition to owning Dynasty Goalkeeping, a premier goalkeeper camp in the United States that is located in North Carolina, Noonan also played professionally for the Boston Breakers (WUSA) and Raleigh Wings (W-League).

Ryan won at least 12 matches in three of her four seasons at UNC Pembroke, amassing a single-season career-high 15 wins in 2017 as a sophomore. She made an immediate impact for the Braves as a freshman, finishing 12-3-2 on the slate while posting 91 saves (.850 save percentage), resulting in her being named National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association (NSCAA) All-Region Third Team, Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Freshman of the Year, All-PBC First Team as well as North Carolina College Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State in her rookie season.

The following season, 2017, Ryan logged 1856:48 minutes, equaled her single-season saves (91) mark and posted 11 shutouts along the way. As a result, she earned recognition on the United States Coaches All-Southeast Region Team, D2CCA All-Southeast First Team, CoSIDA All-District Team, PBC Tournament Most Valuable Player, First Team All-PBC, PBC All-Academic Team, PBC Preseason All-Conference and was twice named as PBC Goalkeeper of the Week (Sept. 9, 2017 / Sept. 16, 2017).

After appearing in 16 contests as a junior, where she was 9-5-1 overall in net with 81 saves, Ryan emerged with a 13-4-0 mark in her senior campaign that resulted in 10 shutouts. She shares the program record of single-match saves (14) with both Hillary Helms and Britney Bennett, a mark that Ryan equaled in 2016 against Young Harris.

Since receiving her master’s in accounting from Wake Forest in December 2021, Ryan has been working in the private sector as an auditor.

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