By Rob Schabert, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With coaching experience at Washington State, Boston College and Auburn, plus a couple of years training Special Forces Soldiers in the U.S. Army, Casey Kramer has been selected as head strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee Tech University.
Kramer’s selection was announced this week by Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics.
“We’re very excited about Casey joining the Athletics staff at Tennessee Tech and carrying on the strength and conditioning program for our student-athletes,” Wilson said. “He has proven experience at some outstanding colleges, as well as with training military personnel, and he has a tremendous understanding and knowledge of what it will take to help our student-athletes continue to become the best they can be.”
For the past two years, Kramer, 31, has served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington State University, where his emphasis was with the Cougar football program.
“This position is a great opportunity for me, an opportunity that I’ve been working for ever since I got into strength and conditioning,” Kramer said. “Tennessee Tech is a great school in a premier conference, and I’m excited about it. I feel I fit well with TTU, and I’m excited about the future in athletics over the next few years.”
Kramer replaces Chip Pugh, who stepped down in October to take a position with Collegeside Church of Christ after seven seasons heading up Tech’s Athletic Performance Center and strength and conditioning program.
“I have a lot of respect for what Chip Pugh did there. He built a great program,” Kramer said. “I’m not going to need to come in and start from scratch. There’s already stuff built that I can just take it and go. It’s already going strong.”
Kramer said his primary goal for the program will be assisting student-athletes.
“Number one, I want to do what I can to help each and every student-athlete in every single sport excel physically and build on their skills,” he said. “I hope to help them develop characteristics and traits that will translates into wins in the competitive arena.”
He said he looks forward to working in Tech’s Athletic Performance Center.
“I’m really excited about the Athletic Performance Center. It’s one of the premier college strength and conditioning facilities in the country, at any level,” Kramer said. “That was another strong drawing point for me. There isn’t anything I can want or ask for. I’m excited to be able to manage that facility.”
At Washington State, Kramer has assisted in the design and
implementation of all training phases of Cougar football, and has
been the primary instructor for the Olympic lifting techniques.
He has been a key member of the staff in working with the WSU sports medicine staff, providing a link between injury rehabilitation and performance, as well as planning and developing strength training and conditioning workouts for short- and long-term injured athletes.
Prior to WSU, Kramer served as a military tactical strength and conditioning specialist for the U.S. Army 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colo., a civilian position that developed strength and condition training programs for elite Special Forces Soldiers.
He created multi-faceted programs that were effective regardless of location and could be performed year-round, in addition to scheduling individual training sessions around military tactical training schedules. Due to deployments, his physical training programs were also utilized in a wide variety of locations and with a wide variety of available equipment.
As part of the position at Fort Carson, Kramer took part in military training exercises to properly develop needs analysis, and briefed top U.S. Military officials on the importance of performance training. The programs he designed and developed were utilized by Soldiers attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection, as well as CAG Selection and Ranger School.
He also spent two years as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Boston College for two years, from 2008 to 2010, where he worked closely with the football program. That position followed two years as graduate assistant strength coach at Auburn, where he worked with football, softball, women’s basketball, baseball, women’s soccer, and women’s gymnastics.
His first position in the field was as a student intern strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 in Health and Physical Education.
He spent one season as the head strength and conditioning coach at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, where he also served as tight ends coach for the football team.
Kramer is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Association of Tactical Strength and Conditioning Instructors. He is Strength and Condition Coach Certified, and also certified in First Aid and CPR, and Modern Army Combatives (MAC-P) Level 1.
“I want to thank Mark Wilson, number one, and also Tammie McMillan, Frank Harrell, Kevin Bostian, and all the administrators and head coaches that I had a chance to talk with,” Kramer said. “I want to thank them all for this opportunity. It’s my first head strength and conditioning job, so I’m thankful they had faith in me to come in and do the job. I’m grateful for everyone at TTU and I’m exited to come in and start working with everybody.”