|Title:||Director of Athletic Performance|
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 was named in December as the head
strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee Tech University.
For the past two years, Kramer, 32, has served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington State University, where his emphasis was with the Cougar football program.
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.
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 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
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.