OXFORD, Ohio – With the Miami soccer program’s alumni in town, the RedHawks are descending upon Oxford to honor former head coach Bobby Kramig.
The RedHawks are honoring Kramig’s storied career with the program prior to its Oct. 1 Battle of the Bricks showdown with rival Ohio. That match concludes the festivities of the team’s Alumni Weekend.
Kramig, who retired prior to this season, joined Miami in 1983 as coach of the men’s soccer program and won a combined 356 matches during his time with the Red & White. In 1997, he ushered in the current women’s program, which he coached for its first 20 seasons. In that time, the women’s team amassed a 218-153-32 record (.581 winning percentage), made four NCAA Tournament appearances (2000-02 and 2012) with a Mid-American Conference leading four MAC Tournament titles in those corresponding seasons.
The Red & White also claimed regular season MAC titles in 2002 and 2012 with the latter squad setting a program record with 20 victories. The success translated into postseason play as Miami won a MAC-high three NCAA Tournament matches, topping West Virginia in 2001, Michigan State in 2002 and Tennessee in 2012. In 20 seasons, the Red and White accounted for 54 All-MAC selections in that span. Miami also 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. Additionally, the Kramig mentored three All-Americans during his stint at Miami.
Kramig came to Miami in 1983 to take over a men's soccer program that was being reinstated after a following a one-year stint as Morehead State’s head women’s and assistant men’s coach. 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.
The match against Ohio will also serve as the 2017 RedHawks’ Senior Day. Opening kick that Sunday is at 1 p.m.