Bill Kramer

Inducted 2017

The driving force behind Bill Kramer’s coaching philosophy is the notion that football is a powerful tool that can be used to grow and mold young men into tremendous sons, husbands, fathers, citizens and leaders. Faith, family and football have been Coach Kramer’s main focus for most of his life.

Bill Kramer began his coaching career in 1987 at American High School in Dade County, where he was the head women’s track and field coach and an assistant coach in the football program. In 1995, he became the Patriots head football coach and in 1998, he became the head football coach at Naples High School. In only his fourth season at Naples (2001), the Golden Eagles won the first football state championship in southwest Florida history. Kramer has since led two more Naples teams to the FHSAA State Finals, finishing Runner-Up in 2003 and winning a second State Championship in 2007 with the area’s first perfect season (15-0). Kramer’s teams have won 14 District and six Region Championships. The 186-45 record compiled by Kramer and his staff ranks them first in total wins and winning percentage (80%) in Naples High School’s 60 year tradition of football.

Bill Kramer has been recognized as an FACA District Coach of the Year 10 times and has been a two-time Nike Coach of the Year. In 2015, he was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

In addition, Kramer has been chosen to represent Florida at the NFL Youth Football Summit and serves on the FACA Board of Directors, the FHSAA Football Advisory Council and the American Football Coaches Association Public Relations Committee. He has also been selected to be an assistant coach in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and in 2016 he was selected to be the head coach of the US Army All-American Bowl East team.

Coach Kramer is actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a recipient of the FCA Nick Hyder Award. He is regularly a featured speaker and clinician at numerous schools, universities and colleges, professional and civic groups.