Franklin & Marshall Athletics Mourns Death of Brad Ramsey ’88

LANCASTER, Pa. – Former Franklin & Marshall College football standout and 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Brad Ramsey '88 passed away early in October, he was 50. 

Ramsey graduated as the leading rusher in F&M football history, and his 2,035 yards remain fourth on the Diplomats' all-time list. A four-year starter, he accumulated 746 of those yards as a senior in 1987, when he served as co-captain of a team that went undefeated in Centennial Conference (CC) play.

The Diplomats also beat Kean that year in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs, the first postseason victory in school history. 

Ramsey, who carried the ball 520 times and scored 18 touchdowns in his career (both fourth on F&M's all-time lists), contributed to one of the greatest four-year spans in F&M football history. During that time, the Diplomats compiled a 29-9-1 record and won two conference championships. 

Following graduation, Ramsey played two seasons with the Basildon Braves football team in Essex, England. Upon returning to the States, he served as an assistant coach at Kutztown University, before spending nine years as a defensive coordinator and later head coach at Coral Shores High School in Florida. He recently returned to coaching as defensive coordinator at Windermere Prep in Orlando, Fla., where he was recognized as "Teacher of the Year" for his work teaching International Baccalaureate Visual Arts. 

Windermere dedicated its 35-27 football win on Friday to Ramsey and will celebrate his life today at the school. A private service is planned for Tuesday.