Spokane's Scott Kramer named new Whitworth University Men's Golf Coach
SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University has selected former Pirate player and current Community Colleges of Spokane coach Scott Kramer as the men's golf coach.
Whitworth Director of Athletics Tim Demant made the announcement on Thursday that Kramer would replace Heritage Gallery Hall of Famer Warren Friedrichs, who announced his retirement in February.
"We are excited to welcome Scott back to the Whitworth family," Demant said. "As a former Pirate student-athlete and assistant coach, Scott is a perfect example of the type of people our department hopes to recruit and develop with a mind and heart education."
"I am really excited about returning to a university and athletic department that were such a huge influence on my life and career up to this point," Kramer said. "I loved Whitworth as a student-athlete and I'm very excited to contribute as a coach and as a leader."
Kramer has served as the men's golf coach with the Community Colleges of Spokane for ten seasons, winning six Northwest Athletic Conference titles along the way. His teams won 50 tournaments over the course of those ten years and he coached 36 individual medalists. A five-time NWAC Coach of the Year, Kramer will take over a Whitworth team that finished third in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference standings in 2016-17, won the 2017 NWC Tournament and returns six of its seven players in 2017-18.
"Scott's vision for the future of the golf program and his experience coaching championship college teams separated him from a very strong pool of applicants," Demant said.
"With the young and talented returning roster, we will use last year's success to continue to develop and improve every day in 2017-18," Kramer. "Next year we will have a goal to contend for the Northwest Conference championship and advance to the national tournament. There is a talented freshman joining the team and we may add another player or two as well."
Kramer was one of Friedrich's first recruits when the Pirate golf program was revived for the 2003-04 season. Kramer played two seasons for the Pirates after spending two years with CC of Spokane. He served as Whitworth's team captain and helped lead the Bucs to their first NWC crown in 2004-05.
Kramer continued at Whitworth as an assistant coach in men's basketball through the summer of 2007, helping former head coach Jim Hayford with fundraising, marketing, game promotions and recruiting.
"Because of my experience as a student-athlete and as a former assistant basketball coach at Whitworth, I feel like I can step in and hit the ground running," Kramer explained. "Whitworth is a great place to have an impact on young people's lives and I can't wait to get started in that process."
The CC of Spokane hired Kramer in August of 2007 as the men's golf coach, the Athletic Marketing/Fundraising/Sponsorship Manager and P.E. instructor. In addition to coaching a successful golf team, Kramer directed the Bigfoot Booster Club, coordinated the department's major fundraising efforts and developed athletic sponsorships in excess of $25,000 annually.
Kramer was inducted into the CC of Spokane Hall of Fame in 2011 as a captain of the 2002 NWAACC golf championship team.
Kramer will officially begin his duties at Whitworth on August 1st.