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Andrew Ramker takes over Bishop Noll's baseball program

2013-09-19T00:00:00Z 2014-06-24T17:56:10Z Andrew Ramker takes over Bishop Noll's baseball programSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
September 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Andrew Ramker couldn't answer the question Wednesday night.  Whether it was a Schwinn bicycle, a new G.I. Joe or a new baseball glove.

"My parents are going to be mad since I can't remember," said Ramker when asked what is favorite birthday present of all time was. Well, before today anyway.

Ramker was named the new Bishop Noll baseball coach today, which happens to be his 23rd birthday. The Hammond native and Noll grad is likely the youngest head baseball coach in the state of Indiana.

"It's a little interesting," Ramker said of the youth distinction. "It was weird coming back to Noll as a teacher, seeing my former teachers walking down the hallway. But it's an old saying, 'Age is just a number.

"I can't say that I feel out of place at all."

Ramker replaces Paul Wirtz, who resigned after seven successful seasons, including four sectional titles over the last five seasons.

The new coach was a freshman on the Warriors' 2006 Class 2A state runner-up team. His senior year, Noll lost in extra innings in the semistate.

Ramker just graduated from Indiana and he was a volunteer assistant at his alma mater when he returned from Bloomington. He coached the freshman team last spring.

Wirtz is confident that his former player can handle the job.

"I think Andrew is going to do a great job,” Wirtz said in a press release. “I’m proud that the program was left in the hands of one of our former players who will be capable of keeping up the success of the program and even improving it.

“When he was a player for us, we could see he had the potential to become a good coach one day.”

Most of Noll's starting lineup returns this year, which has Ramker excited. But he does not plan on having cake and ice cream at the school.

"I'm more interested in running conditioning," he said.

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