What is the significance of your derby name?
My dad, in his spare time, is a black smith. When I was little, his focus was making muzzle loaders (rifles.) Being the curious hands-on kid I was, I naturally wanted to help. So my dad gave me the job of constructing the RamRods for his rifles. These are the wooden, stick-like objects that would mount on the rifle and used to pack down the wadding, gun power, and rifle ball into the barrel of the gun. So my nick name became RamRod. Later in my mid-teens, I became a professional gamer and RamRod was my Handle/Avatar. It’s a name that’s been with me for many, many years and now RamRod has made it’s way to my Derby name.
My derby number… Well… I asked for a 13 but got a 31…
Assistant coach and all around Bad Ass!
What do you do when you’re not skating?
Working as a Systems and Networking Engineer.
What made you decide to join roller derby?
It was a Friday night in Late 2013. A friend of mine who was a member of Storm City (Luna) asked if I wanted to come watch her scrimmage on her roller derby team. At the time, having never heard of roller derby or the slightest idea what it was, I was curious and headed over to Golden Skate to check it out. Just from watching that scrimmage, I was hooked. I ended up talking to a gentleman (Chadtastic) who explained everything that was happening. I later found out there was a men’s league and I knew this was my next adventure.
What keeps you motivated to keep skating?
The thrill of improvement. There are so many different skills and techniques to learn, and since everyone skates differently it’s fun to learn from everyone.
Who is your derby crush/hero?
Belle Starr. She was there at my first practice with Portland Men’s Roller Derby and has been supportive and encouraging ever since. She’s a fantastic coach and an amazing derby player.
What is the best advice you would give to someone who wants to join derby or what was the best advice given to you?
You have to want it! Derby is a very taxing sport, not only physical, but mentally. But with derby, you receive back 100% of everything you put into it. It’s so rewarding.
Name three interesting/random facts about yourself?
1. I have broken a bone in almost every part of my body.
2. I am obsessed with neon lights.
3. In 2008 I won the title of Grill Master from Steven Raichlen while I was in college.