A soccer icon in Southwestern Ohio, Miami University head coach Bobby Kramig (pronounced: CRAY-mig) enters his 32nd season as the mentor of Miami Soccer in 2013 and 18th year at the helm of a women's program that has experienced dramatic growth and success under his guidance.
Over the past 17 seasons, 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 185-133-26 (.576) 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.
Coming off their best season in program history, the 2013 RedHawks finished second in the MAC by going 11-6-4 overall and posting a 7-1-3 mark in league matches. Miami recorded a school-record 12 shutouts overall and led the MAC with a stingy 0.51 goals against average during conference play. After dropping their MAC opener at Akron, the RedHawks finished the season on a 12-match unbeaten streak (8-0-4), posting nine shutouts and outscoring opponents 16-4 in that stretch. Despite the hot stretch to close the year, the Red and White’s season came to an end in the semifinal round of the MAC Tournament when Ball State outlasted Miami in penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes.
The 2012 season saw Kramig lead the RedHawks to recapture their glory as he guided Miami to just the program's second MAC regular-season championship (2002) and fourth MAC Tournament crown. The RedHawks also made their third trip to the NCAA Tournament second round under Kramig's leadership, as Miami upset No. 20 Tennessee in the opening round, giving the team a school-record 20 wins, which included an 11-match winning streak and a 16-match unbeaten streak, also both program bests. The RedHawks finished 20-3-1 and ranked 27th in the final NSCAA poll, their best ranking to end a season. Miami went 10-0-1 in the MAC, becoming just the second team in league history to go unbeaten in conference play.
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.
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.
In 2001, Kramig guided the Red and White to the MAC's first NCAA Tournament win, stunning nationally-ranked West Virginia, 1-0, in what was arguably the biggest first-round upset of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The RedHawks concluded the season as the first MAC team to receive votes in a final NSCAA Top-25 poll. Miami collected another upset over a nationally ranked opponent in 2005, topping then-No. 17 Michigan, 1-0, for its first win over a top-25 team since the victory over the Mountaineers.
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.
The pivotal season for Kramig's Miami women's soccer program came in 1999, when the Red and White posted the biggest single-season turnaround in the nation. After posting just 12 wins in its first two seasons as a varsity program, the RedHawks won 14 of their first 16 matches on the way to a then-program-record 17 wins and their first MAC Championship match, which was decided by penalty kicks in favor of Eastern Michigan after 150 minutes.
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 just 17 seasons, the Red and White has accounted for 52 All-MAC selections, including 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year Haley Walter, one of five All-MAC recipients in 2012. Miami also has placed 27 players on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team since 1999, with five coming during the record-setting 2012 campaign, and 52 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 two times.
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, who was recently married, and Anna, who attends Muskingum University.