Lifetime Achievement for Officials recipient Jim Ramirez

By UL | June 04, 2010, 9:58 a.m. (ET)
Lifetime Achievement for Officials
Jim Ramirez, Arkansas City, Kansas

- Chosen 16 times to officiate at the NCAA Division I Championships

- Consistently ranked among the top 10 referees at the national tournament

- Named 2004 national "Outstanding Official of the Year"

For more than 22 years, Jim Ramirez officiated the most prestigious conference wrestling tournaments in the nation. Chosen 16 times to officiate the NCAA Division I Championships, he was consistently ranked among the top 10 referees. He also refereed for eight NCAA Division II Championships and two NAIA Championships.

Ramirez conducted clinics coast-to-coast for state high school officials associations. He authored "The Art of Officiating Collegiate Wrestling" the only book dedicated to improving referees' skills.

Ramirez was honored as the 2004 Collegiate Wrestling Officials Association "Outstanding Official of the Year" and was twice named the Kansas "Official of the Year." He currently serves as Coordinator of Officials for the Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences.