ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2011

Moonlit Tree

Moonlit Tree: the beauty of freshly fallen snow resting on the branches of a tree on campus.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Kramer Brings Successful Background to ISU Football

Spring 2011 Issue | By Steve Schaack

Mike Kramer
Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

In November, Idaho State University welcomed Mike Kramer, one of the most successful football coaches in the history of the Big Sky Conference, as the football team's new head coach. Kramer, who coached at Eastern Washington and Montana State, has found success at each coaching stop as he is only one of five coaches in Big Sky history to be named conference Coach of the Year three times.

Now Kramer is ready to bring his knowledge and success to Idaho State University.

"We are excited to have Mike Kramer join our athletic department," Idaho State Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey said. "He is one of the most successful coaches in Big Sky football history. He has proven himself on the field of competition and he is a coach who is very charismatic. Coach Kramer is a coach who will come in and develop instant relationships in the Pocatello community."

Kramer's staff comes from across the nation. Don Bailey is his associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Derrick Roche will coach the offensive line, Mike Rigell, running backs, Matt Troxel, tight ends, Craig Stutzmann, wide receivers, Rudy Griffin, inside linebackers, Todd Bates, defensive line, Ryan Smaha, outside linebackers, and Daniel Drayton, defensive backs.

On signing day, Feb. 1, Kramer and his staff announced the signing of 18 new high school or junior college student-athletes to the football program. Putting together solid recruiting classes has led to Kramer's success as he had 40 wins during his time at Montana State including three Big Sky Conference championships. At Eastern Washington he was 37-32 from 1994-99 and won the program's first outright conference title in 1997. That year he guided his team the semi-finals of the FCS playoffs, the last Big Sky team other than Montana to make the semi-finals.

His record speaks for itself as he has 77 career wins, ranking him fourth all-time in conference history. Kramer had 53 Big Sky Conference wins, ranking him third for most league wins. From 2002-07 MSU went 35-26 (.574), including an eight-win campaign in 2006, the school's highest total since 1984. Kramer also orchestrated five-straight winning seasons, the longest for the program in more than 40 years (1956-64). The Bobcats' 2006 season also featured the school's first postseason win and postseason home game since 1984, and a No. 10 final national ranking.