Vale grad, former Nyssa coach named to OSAA executive board

SALEM – During a meeting of the Executive Board of the Oregon School Activities Association on Monday, May 3, Larry Ramirez received the nomination and unanimous approval to take the seat on the board representing the 6A/5A/4A at-large representative.

Ramirez grew up in Vale, Oregon, graduating as a Viking. Later in life, Ramirez was principal at Nyssa High School and assistant football coach of the Bulldogs, looking across the field once per season at Vale. Six years ago, Ramirez departed from Malheur County to take a position in the Salem-Keizer School District as the director of High School Education.

“I loved participating in sports growing up and I really loved coaching,” said Ramirez Monday night. “I benefited so much both as a participant and as a coach and this is a way to give back.”

Ramirez previously served on the OSAA board and is ready to retake the position guiding extra-curricular activities within the state.

“The board is a great group already,” Ramirez said. “I think my background as both an employee of a large district and my past in eastern Oregon will be an asset.”

The former Viking and Bulldog coach said he considers himself as having two homes. With family and close friends still in Malheur County, Ramirez and his family make frequent trips to the east side of the state.

“I definitely know the challenges faced by teams on the eastern side of the state,” he said.

Like most, Ramirez is hopeful next year brings normalcy.

“I just want to make sure students are provided all the opportunities they deserve,” he said. “In our district, we are planning on students attending school five days a week next year as normal.”

Currently, the Salem-Keizer district is in the classroom two days a week.

Between preparing for his position on the OSAA board and gearing up for next year in the Salem-Keizer District, Ramirez is also planning a few trips to his first home, eastern Oregon.

“I will be over there in a few weeks to visit my goddaughter and then back again over Memorial Day,” he said.