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Alum Jim Ramm Has Long-term Ties to MCCC
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West Windsor, N.J. -- Alum Jim Ramm '72 ranks as one of the most loyal Vikings basketball fans the college has ever had.

"Jim certainly is one of Mercer's icons," says MCCC Athletics Director John Simone.

Ramm was scorekeeper in the glory days of 1973 and 1974, when the men's team won back-to-back national titles under famed Head Coach Howie Landa and Assistant Coach Bob Pugh. After those heady years, Ramm took a break from Mercer and carried out sideline duties at several area high schools, including Notre Dame, where John Simone was the athletic director in the 1990s.

When Simone took the job as athletic director at MCCC in 1997, he asked Jim to come along to do the scorebook and clock for men and women's games. Five years ago, Ramm began to work strictly for the women's program and has been the sidelines guy for the team ever since, compiling statistics on practically every move on the court - points, foul shots, rebounds, steals, you name it - during both home and away games. He works in tandem with MCCC students, whom he trains to run the scoreboard and clock.

Happily, what used to be a painstaking manual job for Ramm is now computerized. He has a laptop and a printer set up at the scoring table at every game. If stats are requested immediately, he can print them out on the spot.

Jim Ramm compiles stats
courtside for women's basketball.

"I keep the stats at the games and then I go home and compare mine with what Head Coach Mike Tenaglia has compiled. Usually we are pretty close," Ramm says. "Steals, assists and foul shots are easy, but rebounds are harder to keep track of, so we figure them out between us."

With the Lady Vikes having secured a spot in the Region 19 tournament, Ramm is looking forward with anticipation to the post season. The first round will be played Feb. 22. (Location and time to be announced.)

A lifelong Trenton resident, Ramm began studying Business Administration at Mercer in 1970, and was a member of the last class at the downtown campus before the move to West Windsor. Now a retired state worker, he says, "Mercer has worked out well for me. I was away for years, but when John said he needed help, I was there. I do it because I love the game." He notes that he found his place courtside way back in junior high school when he worked for his school's team.

While basketball is his favorite sport, Ramm also supports Mercer's other teams and makes sure to see at least a few soccer games in the fall and baseball and softball games in the spring.

"Mercer is part of who I am," Ramm says.

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