A soccer icon in Southwestern Ohio, Miami University head coach Bobby Kramig (pronounced: CRAY-mig) has guided Miami soccer for 34 years, including the last and 20th year at the helm of a women's program that has experienced dramatic growth and success under his guidance.
Over his tenure, Kramig, the only coach in program history, has taken an infant women's soccer program and developed it into one of the premier programs in the Great Lakes Region. Kramig has posted a sound 218-153-32 (.581 win percentage) mark since the start of the women's program in 1997, including a stunning 64-21-4 (.742) record over a four-year stretch from 1999-2002 that included four-consecutive MAC Championship match appearances, three MAC Tournament titles, back-to-back appearances in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a MAC regular-season championship. Since its beginning in 1997, no MAC soccer program has appeared in as many NCAA Tournaments (4), or won as many NCAA Tournament matches (3) as Miami.
The RedHawks did not simply peak during that aforementioned run, more recently they posted a 56-20-9 overall record (.712 winning percentage) with a 31-7-6 mark (.833) in MAC play from 2012-15. That 2012 season was a magical rebound from missing the MAC Tournament outright in 2011. Miami went 20-3-1, setting a school record for wins and winning percentage (.854), while going an unblemished 10-0-1 in league play, just the second unbeaten conference record in MAC history. The RedHawks won their second regular season MAC title, their fourth MAC Tournament crown and upset No. 20 Tennessee to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. That season also saw Miami reel off an 11-match winning streak and a 16-match unbeaten streak, both program bests, while finishing 27th in the final NSCAA poll, its best in program history.
Over the next three seasons following that NCAA run, the Red and White have accomplished impressive won a MAC East Division title and ended the 2013 season on a 12-match unbeaten streak (8-0-4), followed that up with another second-place MAC finish and a 14-3-2 campaign in 2014 and made a run to the MAC Tournament championship match in 2015. The 2013 RedHawks led the MAC with a 0.51 goals against average in league play and notched a school-record 12 shutouts while the 2014 squad led the league with 1.63 goals per game and allowed just 14 goals, the fewest in the conference. MU’s run to the 2015 MAC Tournament Championship was backed by the best defensive performance the program has ever seen as it recorded a school-record 0.65 goals against average while recording 11 shutouts.
After a one-year absence from the MAC Tournament in 2003, Kramig guided Miami to the league's postseason tournament the next seven seasons, including its fifth-ever championship game berth in 2009 and three other semifinal appearances, including in 2010 when he led the 'Hawks to their first MAC East Division title. The 2010 campaign also saw the Red and White total 13 wins, its most since 2002, and set a school record with 15 goals in one game. In 2009, the RedHawks set school records for fewest goals allowed in a season (14), which was also the fewest in the MAC, and goals-against average (0.65), which ranked 18th nationally, en route to a 12-win campaign and the MAC title game.
As new programs typically do, Miami women’s soccer fought to get off the ground in its first two seasons. After notching just 12 wins over its first two seasons, Kramig’s RedHawks posted the nation’s largest turnaround in 1999 with a 17-3-1 campaign and an appearance in the MAC Tournament title game, which was decided in penalty kicks in favor of Eastern Michigan.
The RedHawks erased that bitter taste from the 1999 title game by going on to win the following three MAC Tournaments and posting two NCAA Tournament victories. Miami made its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000 after clinching the program's first MAC Tournament Championship with a 1-0 double-overtime defeat of Bowling Green. The Red and White fell just short in its NCAA Tournament debut, tumbling 4-3 in double-overtime to Big Ten power Michigan.
Miami not only returned to the NCAA field the next two years, but made history in the process. The RedHawks became the first MAC school to win an NCAA Tournament match when they topped nationally-ranked West Virginia, 1-0, in the first round of the 2001 tournament. In 2002, Kramig directed one of the most impressive seasons in MAC women's soccer history, as his squad posted a then MAC and Miami record 19 wins, including a still-standing MAC record of 11 league wins. The season also included the first regular-season MAC championship in program history. Kramig's RedHawks advanced to their third-straight NCAA Tournament, knocking off Michigan State in the first round to advance to the second round for the second-straight season.
Kramig's players also have raked in an impressive array of individual honors at the conference, state, regional and national levels. Miami produced four consecutive MAC Players of the Year from 2001-2004, a fifth in 2006 in Kathleen Vistica and another in 2012 MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jess Kodiak. Ashley Swinehart won the award in back-to-back seasons (2003 and 2004), becoming the first player in conference history to win the honor twice in her career, while Andrea Cunningham and Danielle Berkemeier, both of whom are now in Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame, took home the award in 2001 and 2002, respectively. In 20 seasons, the Red and White have accounted for 54 All-MAC selections. Miami also has placed 28 players on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team since 1999, with five coming during the record-setting 2012 campaign, and 57 players on the OCSA All-Ohio Teams, including 30 first-teamers.
At the national level, Cunningham was recognized as an NSCAA First-Team All-American in 2000, while Berkemeier was honored as a 1999 Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz and a Third-Team All-American by the NSCAA in 2002. Shaedyn Cousino was honored as a Third-Team NSCAA Scholar All-America selection following the 2001 campaign. Swinehart earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2003 and 2004, while Vistica was honored as a First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2006. Most recently, Kodiak garnered NSCAA Third-Team All-America honors in 2012, giving Miami six All-Americans (three athletic, three academic) under Kramig's watch.
Kramig came to Miami in 1983 to take over a men's soccer program that was being reinstated after a one-year absence. In 16 years with the now-defunct program, Kramig amassed a 138-143-21 (.492) record that included three conference titles and was named league coach of the year twice. He guided the men's program until 1998, coaching both the men's and women's varsity programs for two seasons. In all, Kramig's men's program produced 47 All-Ohio selections, 33 all-conference honorees and 23 all-region recipients.
A native of Cincinnati, Kramig was an all-city goalkeeper at Wyoming High School and went on to play collegiately at Florida Southern from 1978-81, where he was twice named team MVP and earned all-state honors as a senior. He graduated from Florida Southern in 1982 with a degree in social studies.
In the fall of 1982, Kramig accepted his first full-time coaching position, serving as head women's and assistant men's coach at Morehead State. He directed the women's program to a 13-3 mark and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Soccer Association Championship, while earning Kentucky Coach of the Year accolades.
Avidly involved in the soccer community, Kramig is responsible for starting the "M" League, a youth soccer program that served the Oxford community for several years and incorporated his student-athletes as coaches. Over a dozen of Kramig's former women's soccer players are still active in soccer coaching after making their coaching debuts with the "M" League. Kramig also initiated the Miami Spring Classic, an annual tournament which brings more than 200 youth soccer teams to Oxford every spring.
A past president of the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association, Kramig holds an NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma and a USSF "A" coaching license. Kramig has served as a member of the MAC Soccer Advisory Committee and chairman of the McGuffey Foundation School Board of Trustees.
Kramig and his wife, Karen, reside in Oxford and have two children, Rob and Anna.