Idaho State hires Kramer as head coach
Pocatello, ID (Sports Network) - Former Eastern Washington and Montana State head football coach Mike Kramer is returning to the Big Sky Conference to take over Idaho State's struggling program.
On Monday, Idaho State named Kramer as its 25th football coach. He is one of only five coaches in Big Sky history to be named the conference's coach of the year three times, twice while at Montana State and once at Eastern Washington.
Kramer, who spent the last year as the assistant football operations coordinator at Washington State, replaces John Zamberlin, who had a 6-39 record in four seasons, including 1-10 this season.
"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 77 career wins rank fourth all-time in Big Sky history. He coached Montana State for seven seasons from 2000-06, winning 40 games and three conference championships. He also won 37 games at Eastern Washington, from 1994-99, including the school's first outright conference title in 1997. That year, he guided the Eagles to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs, the last Big Sky team other than Montana to advance that far.
Kramer ranks third with 53 Big Sky wins. He needs one more to tie Don Read (Montana) and move into second place.
Kramer played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a player at Idaho. He is a 1977 graduate.
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