In 2018 Bobby Ramsay led Mandarin High School to its first state football title in school history, that accomplishment has earned Ramsay some extra hardware for his trophy case. Last month, Ramsay was named the Florida Dairy Farmer’s Coach of the Year.
1010XL recently sat down with Ramsay to talk about the honors that have come to him following the Mustangs’ state title.
“It’s not something that you set out for when you get into coaching,” Ramsay told 1010XL. “For me, I got into it because I love the game and I enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a group and teaching the game.
“I do think it’s a real testament to the season that we had. I think it’s a testament to the entire group. Anytime a head coach wins an award, there are a lot of people that help along the way.
First of all, a coaching staff has a lot to do with that and then obviously, the performance of the players.
“It’s a great honor, I mean when you look at some of the names of the coaches that have won it locally and when your name is thrown around with Joey Wiles and Corky Rogers, it’s very humbling because those are definitely people I look up to and respect.”
Ramsay’s quarterback at Mandarin, Carson Beck, was also honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers as the Player of the Year in the state.
“I used to joke that I’m forever going to be known as Derrick Henry’s high school coach (Ramsay coached Henry at Yulee), but now I may be Carson Beck’s coach,” Ramsay said laughing. “He certainly deserves it based on the way that he played and to handle a position like that of quarterback.
“Just to know what kind of kid that he is. He does it the right way. He is very similar to Derrick (Henry) in that he’s just one of the guys. You see him around the other guys and he doesn’t carry himself in a way that’s above anyone else.
“I think he respects the talent that he has and he knows that a lot is expected of him and he has to give back. I think that’s something that a lot of really talented players sometimes miss.”
The awards may not be done for Ramsay. This week the Jaguars nominated Ramsay for the 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Ramsay is among 32 nominees as one nominee is selected from each of the 32 NFL markets for the award.
“You find out you have been nominated for something nationally and I was like, well, three months ago I’m just sitting there at halftime of the Raines game trying to figure out how to dig us out of a hole,” Ramsay said. “It’s not something that I expected and I think the Jaguars really do a good job of connecting with the high schools and for them to pick me to represent them and this area, it’s very humbling. You just look around and think, how did we get to this point?”
Ramsay will soon turn focus to 2019 as he needs to replace 18 seniors of off last year’s state title team. With one of the four returning starters being Florida’s Mr. Football, much will be expected from Mandarin in 2019.
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