Chris Ramirez is leaving the UIS baseball program he helped build to become the head coach at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University. Ramirez, 36, said he was contacted by the school in Hickory, North Carolina, shortly after his Prairie Stars lost two of three games in an NCAA super regional against Ashland.
Announcing the news on Twitter, UIS athletic director Daniel Newton said an interim head coach has not yet been named. He added that the school wishes Ramirez and his family "the best of luck in their future endeavors."
As a native Houstonian, Ramirez says he has always been fascinated with atmospheric processes, which can have a profound impact on people's lives. His interest led him to the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program at TCEQ, where he was mentored by chief meteorologist Tim Heller.
While working in the field, he experienced the effects of extreme drought and flooding on the community. He also covered the 2019 May tornado outbreak and saw firsthand how devastating a twister can be to a city.
Upon his return to Earth, he was approached by Xaviax in the form of Special Agent Simons who gave him an Advent Deck. He soon transforms into Kamen Rider Sting armed with his stingray-themed v buckle and Evildiver, and fights off the Mirror Monsters and other monsters that he encounters. During the battle, he is almost vented by Len, but resists due to the Marine motto Semper Fidelis, or Always Faithful.