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    Bill Kramer
    Bill Kramer

    Volunteer Assistant Coach

    First Season

    Alma Mater:
    St. Ambrose, 2009

    Bill Kramer joined the Northwestern staff after spending three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. There, Kramer worked with both the men's and women's teams, while also working as a club volleyball coach at Performance Elite.

    In Kramer's first season on the bench, Northwestern broke out to its best start in 14 years. The Wildcats rattled off five wins to begin the season, one shy of the previous best start which came in 1997. In addition, the 'Cats did not drop a set in their first 15 played, a feat that had not been duplicated since 1984. Northwestern posted wins over three top-25 opponents in 2011, including a monumental victory against No. 2 Nebraska at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the regular season finale.

    As a player, Kramer led the Fighting Bees to two consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament in 2007 and 2008, with the Bees finishing third in 2008. The four-year varsity starter and three- year captain currently holds the SAU career and single- season assists records with 3,707 and 1,256, respectively. He currently is second on the all- time dig list. In 2008, Kramer was named the MAMVIC East Conference Tournament MVP, the only SAU player to receive this award. On top of that, Kramer brought his game to the international level in 2007, competing in the Scottish Invitational Open played in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kramer helped his USA team win the open championship. Kramer brings experience working with players of all ages through his experience working at Ultimate Volleyball Camps in Chicago.

    Bill is a native of Mokena, Ill., and attended Lincoln-Way East High School. His parents are Mark and Denise Kramer and he has two sisters, Nickie and Lauren.