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Ramos is Festival Parade Marshal
Tyler County Booster - March 2009
Tyler County Dogwood Festival Executive Director, Kim Shaw, has announced that Sergio Ramos will serve as Parade Marshal for the 2009 Dogwood Parade. Coach Ramos is a 2008 inductee into the TTCA (Texas Tennis Coaches Association) Hall of Fame and has devoted his life to teaching, coaching and promoting tennis in Southeast Texas, and especially Woodville High School since 1967. Shaw commented, “In addition to promoting tennis in this community, Coach Ramos has impacted its youth by instilling integrity, respect, Christian values and morals and positive character building skills in his students. He has led by example and taught his students to be successful in life. The Board feels that it is a privilege and honor to have Coach Ramos lead the parade for the 2009 festival.” Sergio Abiel Ramos was born in Tampico, Mexico on March 26, 1943. He first learned to play tennis on the clay courts in Mexico City and Tampico. He came to the United States in 1956 to attend school in Harlingen, Texas. After high school he attended both East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas receiving a both a B.A. and M.A. degree from S.F.A. He became a Naturalized U.S. citizen on April 30, 1970. Sergio was employed by Woodville I.S.D. in 1967 as the high school Spanish teacher, quickly becoming involved in the tennis program as an assistant coach. After assuming the position of head tennis coach, Sergio took on the task of improving the tennis facilities at Woodville High School. With no school funds available, he and other community members obtained a loan at a local bank and began work on the courts themselves; a testament to his devotion to the community and the sport and the beginning of a winning tradition at Woodville High School. Woodville High School won its first District Tennis Championship in 1970; a tradition that continued for the next 23 consecutive years. Coach Ramos and his lovely wife Susan will lead the 66th Annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival Parade Saturday, April 4, beginning at 2:00 p.m.