Meet Our Coaches

Derrick Crawford, Head Coach

Coach Crawford is a graduate of class 2000 at Rock Hill High in Rock Hill, SC. After playing three years on Varsity at Rock Hill High, Coach Crawford was accepted to Garden City Community College in Kansas. After a short stay, due to personal reasons, Coach Crawford returned home and started working, not knowing if football was in his future.

In 2001, Coach Crawford was introduced to the Tri-County Jaguars, an Adult Minor League Football Team, based out of Chester, SC where football was again in his future. He played Outside Linebacker through 2002, where the Jaguars won the league championship.

In 2003, a new team was formed in Charlotte, NC called the Charlotte Power. It was also an Adult Minor League Football Team. In that 2003 season, Crawford lead the team in tackles with 115 for the season with 14 sacks to add to his stats. In the 2004 season, the Charlotte Power found themselves in a league Championship game against a tough Orangeburg Ruff Riders team, but the Power pulled off a great goal line stance with seconds remaining in the game. Crawford stormed through the line and made the winning tackle for the Charlotte Power. Crawford played two more seasons with the Charlotte Power before the team ended due to financial reasons.

Coach Crawford then played several more years with a few other teams and began playing in the position of Strong Safety and was recognized for his bone-crushing hits. In 2007, while playing in an Indoor League Football game, during the third quarter, Coach Crawford suffered a right ankle injury, shattering his tibia bone. Coach Crawford's football career was uncertain at that point, not knowing if that injury put his football career in jeopardy. Amazingly, Coach Crawford bounced back and got together with, Bakari Rawlinson (like a brother to him), who started an Adult Minor League Football Team in 2008.

Mr. Rawlinson had a dream to bring a different level of football to Football City USA. There, he linked up with Crawford and helped form the Carolina Scorpions, an Adult Minor League Football team, based out of Rock Hill, SC. In the very first 2008 season, the Scorpions won the League Championship game against a punishing Anderson Red Dawgz team. After that win, the Scorpions traveled to Tallahassee Florida and played against a very powerful Gainesville Georgia team where the Scorpions lost 21-12.

In 2012, Coach Crawford played for the Charlotte Cobras in the National Public Safety League. This League is for Firemen, Police Officers, EMS, Private Security w/ arresting authority, and other Government/Public Service members. Crawford has mentored kids throughout the community and has helped coach a few little League football teams. Coach Crawford was a former Police Officer with the City of Chester, SC, and is currently a School Resource Officer with Allied Universal at Mount Holly Elementary School in Rock Hill, SC and Financial Education Services Agent with FES. The kids, staff, and clients love and respect him for all he does.

Coach Crawford has had a great journey along the way with football and the Law Enforcement/Private Security field. Football has always been a great passion for Coach Crawford and he is very knowledgeable of the game because of the great coaching he received since he was little. His main focus is to ensure that young men take their education seriously because that will take them where they want to go.

Coach Crawford is married to his wonderful wife, Katrina Crawford, of ten years and has four beautiful children (3 boys, 1 girl). Coach Crawford and Bakari Rawlinson formed Ramah Juco Academy from the ground up, to give young men an opportunity to play football at the college level. They want to help young men live life and dream big! 2016 season would've been the team’s first official year, but due to a tragic bus accident, the team had to cancel the season on their way to the first game of the season. Though almost losing their lives in the bus accident, Mr. Rawlinson and Coach Crawford kept the dream alive. The accident has made them realize how short life can be.

Coach Crawford and Mr. Rawlinson have tremendous faith, love God's word and love to be a blessing to others.

Coach Rawlinson, Program Director

Director Rawlinson attended North Greenville College from 1994 to 1996, when a serious knee injury ended his football career. He worked with a successful minor league football team for 8 years. Soon afterwards, he was blessed to host workouts for semi-pro and professional programs. His passion to give of himself grew, so 2015 along with several others, they started a college football program, the Ramah Rams. Shortly after, he was inspired to participate in creating the first HBCU post grad/independent Junior College Football Conference, on the East Coast. Director Rawlinson resides in Rock Hill, SC, with his wife of twenty two years and they have three amazing children!

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Coach Brewton, Defense Coordinator

"The first time I played was for the CC Woodson Gamecocks and from there, I went on to playing middle school football,” stated Coach Lawrence. He played for Spartanburg High School in South Carolina, where they were undefeated and won 3 State Championships.  Once he graduated high school,  he went on to play college football for Benedict College in Columbia, SC and had the opportunity to play for a local Semi-Pro Team, in Columbia. Later, he began coaching middle & high school football.  Once he moved to Rock Hill, he started coaching Semi-Pro and Women’s Full Contact Football. He currently resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife and one son. 

 

His Motto:

“I didn’t come this far to only come this far. I came this far so I can be strong enough to go further. If the journey wasn’t challenging, the destination wouldn’t be rewarding. It’s the challenge that makes the greatness.”

-Ray Lewis

Coach Jackson, Defense Back Coach

Jamal Jackson is from Johnston, South Carolina. Coach Jackson will be coaching the defensive backs for
the upcoming 2021 season. Coach Jackson played football at Strom Thurmond High School for 4 years.
While there, he played spur/outside linebacker under Lee Sawyer. He attended the University of
South Carolina from 2013 to December of 2017. Since his graduation, Coach Jackson has trained skilled
players in speed and agility for 2 years. In 2019, Coach Jackson volunteered to coach youth flag football at the Morrison Family YMCA for both the Spring and Fall seasons. He has also been a positive impact to his
home town community in Edgefield County, by co-founding the county’s first flag football league known
as CYFFL (Community Youth Flag Football League). Coach Jackson is excited to be entering his first
season with Ramah.

Coach Zeigler, Assistant Offensive Line Coach

As a little girl growing up, Krista Zeigler always dreamed of playing football, but never got the opportunity. Her passion for sports began at a young age and she excelled in every sport she played, especially basketball. She was a 4 year starter in high school at Sanderson High in Raleigh, NC, where she earned Player of the Year in her Junior year. She received a basketball scholarship to Elizabeth City State University, where she was nominated for Rookie of the Year as a point guard. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Sociology, she moved to Charlotte and was presented with the opportunity to play Women’s Professional Football. Krista played 8 years in the IWFL, WFA & WNFC. She was voted on the All Star team 3 out of the 8 years of her career (2 in the IWFL & 1 in the WFA). 

Her passion for the game has never waned but was sidelined by a series of injuries. She began to channel her passion into coaching the next generation of football players. Sports has taught her some valuable lessons that have transferred into all areas of her life. She looks forward to helping RAM players learn these same lessons through the great game of football. Krista currently resides in Charlotte, NC and loves to watch her nephew play football for Old Dominion University.

Shawn Jackson, Offensive Coordinator

Coach Jackson was born and raised in Richmond, VA but shared time growing up in
Philadelphia, PA. He attended high school at John Marshall in Richmond, VA, where he would
become a two (2) sport standout in Football and Track & Amp field. Coach Jackson joined the U.S. Navy after graduation, where he became a two-time 200 meter, long jump and triple jump
champion in Track & Amp Field. After serving in the military, Coach Jackson went on to have a
successful football career at Cheyney University as a running back and graduate with honors
with a B.A. degree in Political Science. Coach Jackson returned to his Alma Mater as a Track and Football Coach, helping to build up a struggling Division II program to NCAA
competition form. Coach Jackson also played five (5) years in a Men’s Semi- Pro Football League as a running back, where he received All-Conference honors for rushing and
scoring. Currently, Coach Jackson lives in Rock Hill, SC with his wife and two children.

Will Baxter, Recruiting Coordinator

Originally from Rock Hill, SC., where he attended Northwestern High School and was a
member of the 1993 State Championship Football Team. After graduating from NHS in 1995,
he enlisted in the United States Navy and served 14 years on Active Duty. He played 2 years of
Semi-Pro Football, while stationed in Japan. His coaching career began in 2002 at Erwin
High School in Asheville N.C., where he served as a Wide Receiver Coach. "I have been blessed to learn the game from some great coaches, but even better men. I have been a coach for 16 years and I value the lessons, failures, and triumphs along the way. The greatest thing Football has allowed me to do is share my Faith in the Lord with young men and women throughout my
journey. I look forward to helping build a program to make the City of Rock Hill proud. Go
Rams…"

Bryant Thorpe, Line Backer/Defensive Line Coach

Bryant Thorpe was born in Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduated from Chester Senior High School in 2006. There he played football and basketball, ran track and wrestled. He played football at Itawamba Community College for 1 year and at Valdosta State University in south GA for 2 years, where they won the 2007 National Championship. For the past 9 years, he has played and coached Semi-Pro Football in Rock Hill, York, Lancaster, and Charlotte areas.  

Rosalyn Martin, Special Teams Coordinator

Rosalyn Martin, 34, has been around sports all her life. She played basketball in middle and high school. She has also coached right moves for youth in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system and have been the Head Coach for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club for 12 years. For 12 years, Ms. Martin has played full contact Women's football for the Carolina Queens, located in Charlotte. "This will be my second year coaching JUCO and I can say it is amazing. I love this game as a whole and I like that I’ve seen both sides as a player and a coach."

Omar Kennedy, Wide Receiver Coach

He is a 1998 graduate of CHS. He coached at LHS as a WR/DB coach for 3 years. He played minor league football for the BullDogs, Tri-County Jaguars, and Texas Stars.