Sources have confirmed that former Montana State and Eastern Washington head coach Mike Kramer will be introduced as Idaho State’s head football coach today.
ISU announced last Sunday that head coach John Zamberlin and his assistant coaches were being fired. Zamberlin coached the Bengals’ final game of the season on Saturday, a 34-7 loss at Eastern Washington. ISU finished 1-10.
The university released a statement on Sunday evening that said the new football coach would be announced today at 10 a.m.
Kramer won one Big Sky championship at Eastern Washington and three while the head coach at Montana State.
He has been out of football the past four seasons while awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit against Montana State. The final part of that lawsuit (Kramer received a $240,000 award) was settled in August.
Montana State fired Kramer in 2007. According to an Associated Press story, Kramer was fired “just days after former Bobcat wide receiver Rick Gatewood was arrested for selling drugs, making him the fifth former MSU football player arrested within a year’s time.”
A story in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle quoted Kramer as saying that the active lawsuit kept him from getting serious consideration for another job.
Although it wasn’t a coaching job, Kramer joined the Washington State football staff prior to the 2010 season as the assistant coordinator of football operations.
He coached Montana State seven seasons (2000-2006) and was at Eastern Washington from 1994-1999. His 77 career wins (77-75) rank No. 3 in Big Sky history. He was the Big Sky “Coach of the Year” at both Eastern Washington and Montana State.
Kramer was 40-43 at Montana State, which included an 0-11 season in 2000, his first at the university. He had a streak of five consecutive winning seasons with the Bobcats.
Kramer is a Colton, Wash., native and he began his coaching career at his former high school. He later became the head coach at Helena High School. He landed his first college assistant’s job at Montana State in 1983, coaching the defensive line. He became defensive coordinator in 1985.
He went 37-32 at Eastern Washington.
Kramer is a University of Idaho graduate (1977) and a former lineman at Idaho.
He is married (Sandi) and has two daughters, Courtney and Gretchen.
— Some information for this story was provided by Washington State University’s sports information department.