CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, Cal. - Fuego FC are proud to announce the hiring of the club’s first Director Deportivo Jaime Ramirez.
"We are extremely excited and honored to have Jaime lead our fútbol operations! Jaime comes with a rich history of success in the Central Valley and is someone we trust will lead us to great success." Fuego FC President Chris Wilson said. "Jaime was the number one choice from day one."
As Director Deportivo (Sporting Director), Ramirez will lead the development of the USL League One side and work to achieve the club's five-year plan of developing the Fuego USL Academy, Women's, and League Two sides.
"I would like to offer a debt of gratitude to the Ruelas family for their generous commitment to the rebuilding of professional soccer in the Central Valley and for recognizing the rich history of soccer in our community that dates back to the 50s. I appreciate their understanding of Fuego's significance and its history. The community is excited and ready to see Fuego elevated to a professional level,” Ramirez said. “I also thank them for trusting in me to spearhead this challenge as its Director Deportivo. This is a challenge that I fully embrace. I look forward to creating a soccer family environment along with the Ruelas Family and Team President Chris Wilson, whom I have had the privilege to work alongside in this initial phase of the franchise development.”
“I am sure that with the assistance of the entire soccer community, we will develop a club that will give opportunities to young footballers from our area to fulfill their dreams of donning the Fuego jersey in a professional environment. Dale Fuego!"
Ramirez was instrumental in the development of the Fresno Fuego and served as the team’s inaugural coach from 2003-2007. He led one of the most successful and talented Fuego sides in 2003 when the team reached the 4th Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and faced the LA Galaxy. Ramirez has led Fresno Pacific University Soccer since 1991 and has a university record of 330 wins. The university has numerous accomplishments including 10 conference championships and nine National Championship Tournament appearances.
Ramirez grew up in Mexicali, Mexico before moving to the Central Valley. He has been a fixture in Valley soccer including winning three MVP awards at Clovis High School before enrolling at Fresno Pacific University in 1977 where he went on to score 54 goals, a record that stood for nearly twenty years. As a collegiate player Ramirez was a four-Sme Fresno Pacific University MVP and a three-Sme NAIA All- America honoree. Ramirez played professionally for the Los Angeles Aztecs in the North American Soccer League.
Ramirez has been a force in the Central Valley youth scene serving various clubs and impacting thousands of youth players across the region. "He is seen as a leader in various communities beyond the soccer world, he is a man of strong faith and truly a class act," Fuego FC's Ruelas Family said.
Ramirez holds a USSF National "A" license, a USSF National "Youth" license, and a Brazilian Institute of Soccer "B" license.