Lorene Ramsey was a pioneer in girls' athletics in Illinois. She was a teacher and coach for several different schools but is best known for her 34 year career at Illinois Central College (ICC) from 1968-2002. Ramsey was the head coach for women's softball and basketball at ICC, during the time when women's sports were gaining momentum. She coached several NJCAA National Championship teams. She was influential in getting an interscholastic basketball program started in Illinois.