Head Men’s Tennis Coach
Alan M. Kramer-Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach/Athletic Director/Asst. Professor in the School of Human Sciences
ABAC Coach Alan Kramer begins his 19th year at ABAC and brings along 517 matches (328 wins versus 189 losses) to start the 2011-12 Men’s and Women’s Tennis campaign. Along the journey comes 54 All-Americans, 20 Region XVII Championships, 3 National Team Runners-Up, 20 Region XVII Coach of the Year awards, 2 ITA National Coach of the Year awards, a Hall of Fame induction and ABAC Honorary Alumnus recognition.
Kramer came to ABAC in 1993 to resurrect the Golden Fillies who have won the Region XVII Championship and advanced to the National Championships 18 consecutive years. They have finished in the top 10 nationally ten years and were the national runners-up in 1999. Kramer has an accumulative record with the Fillies of 185 wins and 102 losses and has coached 22 All-Americans and two National Champions. Kramer was named ITA/Wilson National Intercollegiate Women’s Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2007 and was inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. He has been named Region XVII Coach of the Year 11 times.
Since 2001, Kramer has built upon the legacy of the Golden Stallions established by legendary Coach Norman “Red” Hill and has claimed 9 Region XVII Championships. In 2002 and 2003 the men finished National Runner-up and placed third in 2008 and 2009. Kramer has an accumulative record with the Stallions of 143 wins and 87 losses and has coached 32 All-Americans. In 2006, Kramer was the recipient of the Hershel Stephens Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Men’s Coaches Association. He has been named Region XVII Coach of the Year 9 times.
Kramer served as the President of the NJCAA Men’s Tennis Coaches Association from 2009-2011 and as Vice-President from 2006-2009. He served as the Women’s National Ranking Chair from 1998-2000 and as Men’s National Ranking Chair from 2004-2008. He was the Southeastern United States Women’s Ranking Chair from 1995-1999 and Men’s from 2001-2003. Kramer was appointed to the ITA National Small College Operating Committee from 2004-2008 and has been the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Tennis Chair since 1994. In 2003 Kramer was named the Southern Section USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award Winner. Kramer is a USPTR certified Professional and has directed and taught at tennis camps at Lehigh University, PA; Brown University, RI; Camp Powhattan Portland, ME; Camp Canadensis, Stroudsburg, PA; ABAC, Tifton, GA; and Truman St. University, Kirksville, MO. He has been Tournament Director for a myriad of high school and USTA junior tournaments including the Red Hill Classic and the GISA State Championships.
Kramer completed his B.S. degree in Exercise Science at Truman St. University in 1991 while playing 4-years of intercollegiate tennis and being named captain his senior year. Kramer also served as Assistant Intramural Director at Truman St. from 1989-91. Kramer went on to earn his M.S. degree in Education with an emphasis in Health & Human Performance at Baylor University. While at Baylor he was the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at McLennan Community College (MCC) under renowned Hall of Fame Coach Carmack Berryman.
Kramer has served as Athletic Director at ABAC since 2000 and was named the 2009-10 Under Armour AD of the Year for the Southeast Region. Kramer played a key role in the implementation of the ABAC Athletic Hall of Fame. He also assisted in the development of the ABAC Athletic Complex which includes: soccer fields, a softball field, and track. He also assisted in the development of the Red Hill Tennis Center, which includes locker rooms, offices for tennis, softball and baseball and a training room for all ABAC athletics.
Kramer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Sciences and teaches courses in Health and Physical Education. He spent four weeks studying in Brazil in the summer of 2009 as part of a Fulbright-Hays Grant from the United States Department of Education. Kramer served as co-chair for ABAC’s Relay For Life team in 2008-09. In 2002 he began the Serving For a Cure clinic sponsored by the tennis teams on campus to raise money for cancer research. Kramer is an active member of the Sertoma Club and currently serves as a “Young Gun” for the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence. Kramer is a 2010 graduate of the Emerging Leaders Institute sponsored by the Tifton/Tift County Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the prestigious ABAC Honorary Alumnus Award in 2011.