DePaul softball adds Abby Ramirez to coaching staff


Audrey Champelli

DePaul senior outfielder Angela Scalzitti prepares to hit the ball against UIC at Cacciatore Stadium on Saturday. The Blue Demons won all three games in the series.

Abby Ramirez has been named an assistant coach of DePaul softball, head coach Tracie Adix-Zins announced on Friday. Ramirez joins the staff permanently after working as an interim assistant coach for the Blue Demons in the spring of 2021.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Blue Demon family,” Ramirez said in a statement. “From my experience last season with the program, I know DePaul is a special place focused on helping student athletes learn and grow both on the field and in life. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Ramirez played at the University of Michigan as a shortstop. While there, she was honored for her play and academic achievements many times and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2015.

A Chicago native, Ramirez attended graduate school at Northwestern University for sports administration, and worked as a graduate manager for their softball team.

She also played with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro FastPitch League for two seasons. After her time with the Bandits, Ramirez competed with Athletes Unlimited for two seasons.

“I am very excited about Abby joining our staff,” Adix-Zins said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to the program after competing as a player at Michigan and for the past two seasons with Athletes Unlimited. After joining us last season, she already has a working knowledge of our team and I know her skill set will help push our team to achieve our goals.”

While Ramirez held the interim position at DePaul last season, the Blue Demons finished with an overall record of 25-11. The team claimed a Big East regular season title after going 13-1 in conference play but fell to Villanova University in a Big East Tournament elimination game.