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Ramesh Rajballie

History Teacher

Ramesh grew up in Toronto, Canada and was a multi-sport athlete through high school.  He excelled at soccer, and was fortunate to have been mentored by many fine coaches.   His club teams won provincial and national championships, and in his teens he was invited into the provincial- and national-team programs.  He represented Canada at the U-17 and U-20 levels.  From there he moved on to Harvard University, where he was a four-year starter, was twice named Ivy-League Player-of-the-Week, and won All-Ivy, All-New England, and Academic All-American honors.  During his college years Harvard won the Ivy-League championship and made two NCAA Division-I Final-Four appearances.  Ramesh rounded out his playing career with three years of professional soccer with the Toronto Blizzard of the Canadian Soccer League, where he played alongside and against many of the best American and Canadian players of the day.  His most memorable experience on the field was playing against Flamengo Club of Brazil and being assigned to mark the legendary Zico out of the game. 

 

Ramesh studied at Harvard, the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford, and has lived, worked and traveled extensively in North America and Europe.  He is fluent in French and Italian.  He holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma.  Prior to his 10 years of coaching at Deerfield, he played and coached soccer in Canada, England, France and Italy.  At Deerfield Ramesh teaches American and European history and a senior elective entitled, “Global Soccer.”  He lives with his wife Anna, a librarian, and his children, Claudia and Max.