Rodolph Adds Ramos And Stone To Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State's head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced the additions of associate head coach Thomas Ramos and volunteer coach Pam Stone to her staff for the upcoming season.

"I'm excited to introduce two new coaches to the NM State softball staff. Tommy Ramos is a seasoned veteran coach with over 19 years of head coaching experience. He comes to us from Midland College. I hired him to replace Cat Heifner and to lead our powerful offense," Rodolph said. "He has plenty of experience in developing hitters as he led the nation in batting average while at Midland College. I'm super excited to have Tommy join the Aggie staff."

Ramos joins NM State after spending 19 seasons as the head coach at Midland College. As the only head coach in the program's history, Ramos led the Lady Chaparrals to an 851-279-3 record while guiding the team to 17 consecutive trips to the regional tournament. He also helped Midland College to eight Western Junior College Athletic Conference titles and four National Junior College Athletic Association tournament appearances.

In 2017 alone, Ramos' Lady Chaps posted a 38-16 record and finished third in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference while making it to the championship of the Region V West Tournament. The team recorded a .383 batting average, a .438 on-base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage that season.

Ramos is no stranger to recognition and from 2002-08 was named the WJCAC Coach of the Year. He was also named the Region V Coach of the Year in 2001-03 and 2008.

Prior to becoming the Lady Chaps head softball coach, Ramos worked as the Midland College intramural coordinator, the volunteer men's basketball coach and the cheerleading coach from 1989-1997.

Ramos received his associate's degree in General Studies from Midland College in 1987 before earning his bachelor's in Kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He is currently pursuing his masters from UTPB.

Stone comes to Las Cruces, N.M., after spending 15 years coaching at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona. While there, Stone racked up 570 wins and in 2001, her team placed third at the national tournament posting a record of 64-7.

"Pam Stone has joined our staff as the volunteer assistant coach. She was a standout pitcher in college and comes to us with 23 years of head coaching experience," Rodolph sad. "Pam is one of the best I've worked with when it comes to developing pitchers and their mentality. Her knowledge of the game and championship experience is a valuable asset to our program."

Prior to her time at Arizona Western, Stone began her coaching journey at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. During her seven years there, she was voted the Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions. For her outstanding efforts as a coach, she was inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Stone played volleyball and softball at Point Loma Nazarene University from 1979-1980. While playing softball at PLNU, she was named to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's All-Tournament Team after posting a 0.00 ERA that season. Stone continued her education at the University of Arizona in 1982 where she competed for three years. She ended her career with the Wildcats with 343 strikeouts and a 0.73 ERA.

The San Diego Calif., native received her bachelor's in Exercise and Sports Science from Arizona and also received a master's in Sports Science from United States Sports Academy and a master's in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

NM State kicks off the fall season on Saturday, Sept. 16 with a doubleheader against Western New Mexico. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. (MT).