Derrick Ramsey
Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development
In office
December 8, 2015 – December 10, 2019
GovernorMatt Bevin
Succeeded byJacqueline Coleman
Kentucky Deputy Secretary of Commerce
In office
GovernorErnie Fletcher
Personal details
Born (1956-12-23) December 23, 1956 (age 65)
Hastings, Florida
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Known forProfessional athlete
Football career
No. 84, 88
Career information
Position(s)Tight End/Quarterback
NFL draft1978 / Round: 5 / Pick: 136
Career history
As player
1978–83Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
1983–85New England Patriots
1987Detroit Lions

Derrick Kent Ramsey (born December 23, 1956) was the Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development,[1] having been appointed by Governor Matt Bevin.[2] He was the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher from 2003 to 2007.[2] He is also a former professional American football player who played tight end for nine seasons for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, New England Patriots, and Detroit Lions.

Ramsey grew up in Hastings, Florida and attended Hastings High School, where he won state championships in his first two years. He moved to live with an uncle in Camden, New Jersey and play for the Camden High School football team, which went 2-8 in his junior year and won the New Jersey state championship in his senior year.[3]

Ramsey was a quarterback and tight end at the University of Kentucky, where he was part of the team that won the 1976 SEC Championship and the 1976 Peach Bowl.[4] He was first-team All SEC and third-team All-American as QB in 1977 when Kentucky finished with a 10-1 record and #6 ranking in the final AP poll. Ramsey also played two games on the basketball team as a walk-on in 1976. [5]

He served as the Athletic Director at Coppin State University from 2008 to 2015.[6]

He was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the board of trustee of University of Kentucky on July 25, 2017.[7]


  1. ^ "Former NFL player Derrick Ramsey appointed new secretary | New Pittsburgh Courier". Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Derrick Ramsey to head Labor Cabinet under Bevin". Associated Press State Wire. December 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Hitchner, Emelia. "Catching up with a hometown hero", The St. Augustine Record, June 26, 2016. Accessed July 25, 2019. "'By going to Camden, we thought that opportunity would be afforded to me,' Ramsey said. 'And it was.' While playing at Camden High School, Ramsey added another high school football championship to his resume in 1974."
  4. ^ - Kentucky Football History and Records Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Derrick Ramsey". Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Coppin State Athletic Department". July 26, 2011. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Derrick K. Ramsey".