Previous Pitt Football Administrator Alex Kramer Passes Away
8/19/2020 9:30:00 AM
PITTSBURGH—Alex Kramer, a really trustworthy and beloved Pitt soccer administrator who served 5 distinctive Panthers head coaches, has handed absent at the age of 91.
Kramer’s official Pitt tenure spanned 17 seasons. He joined Coach Jackie Sherrill’s personnel in 1978 as the program’s administrative assistant and worked in that ability till his retirement in July 1995. In addition to Sherrill, Kramer loyally served below head coaches Foge Fazio (1982-85), Mike Gottfried (1986-89), Paul Hackett (1990-92) and John Majors (1993-94).
Kramer’s Pitt duties were a forerunner to individuals that now tumble beneath the enjoy of a director of football operations. A meticulous specialist, he oversaw group travel and weekly regimens, whilst serving as a liaison with other departmental and university places of work.
Kramer also led Pitt football’s community services endeavours. He individually structured the “John Pruitt Kid’s Medical center Volunteer Group” of Pitt football college student-athletes who frequently visited youthful patients.
But Kramer’s ties to Pitt soccer went perfectly over and above his administrative vocation. His lifelong enjoy of the Panthers began when he was a boy in the 1930s looking at Mentor Jock Sutherland’s famous groups at Pitt Stadium.
Kramer was a Pitt student soccer manager from 1948-51, rooming with long run Professional Football Corridor of Fame linebacker Joe Schmidt.
Next his 1952 graduation from Pitt, Kramer served a four-year enlistment in the Air Drive. He then became a teacher and administrator in the Moon Space School District. He left his position as director of curriculum at Moon to be part of Pitt prior to the 1978 year.
An avid historian, he was remarkably well-informed in an array of topics that ranged from Pitt soccer lore to Sir Winston Churchill. Kramer was an invaluable member of the Pitt Athletics Corridor of Fame selection committee because its 2018 inception.
In addition to his undergraduate experiments, Kramer attained a master’s diploma in historical past from Pitt in 1961.
In 1997, he was named an Awardee of Difference by the Pitt Varsity Letter Club.
Born July 8, 1929, Kramer was married to the late Betty McCormick. They experienced two young children, son Charles and daughter Michele.
“Alex Kramer is a real Pitt gem,” Director of Athletics Heather Lyke mentioned. “He proudly represented the University of Pittsburgh as an alumnus, administrator and, of program, as a lifelong Panthers fan. I will be forever appreciative of his assistance and contributions as we launched the Pitt Athletics Corridor of Fame. His know-how of the College was surpassed only by his love for it. I was incredibly blessed to get to know him the earlier a few a long time. Our deepest sympathies to his family and beloved ones.”
“Alex definitely represented what it suggests to be a Pitt Person,” head football mentor Pat Narduzzi explained. “He was incredibly passionate about his College. Alex liked the football method like relatives, and the several coaches and gamers he touched felt the exact same way about him. I am going to never ignore our dinners jointly at the yearly Pitt Soccer Alumni Golfing Outing, which he never ever skipped. The Kramer loved ones will be on our hearts and in our prayers.”
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