Roy Kramer
Class of 2003

Category: Distinguished American Sportsman

Born: October 30, 1929
Birthplace: Maryville, Tennessee

Coach - Administrator - Leader


Born October 30, 1929 in Maryville, Tennessee . He graduated from Maryville College where he participated in football and wrestling. For nine years he was a high school head football coach in Michigan which included three state championships. He then joined Central Michigan University as an assistant football coach and two years later was named the head coach. In 1974 his CMU team won the Division II National Championship and he was name the National Coach of the Year. In 1978 he was named the Athletic Director at Vanderbilt University . He became a leader in establishing conference policies and on January 10th 1990 he was chosen as the sixth commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. During his tenure the SEC experienced unparalleled growth. He negotiated multi sport national television packages and distributed record amounts of revenue to the schools…He was instrumental in the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina as member SEC schools. He guided the league's efforts to establish divisions, utilize new scheduling formats and create the first conference championship game for Division IA football. He has negotiated multi year bowl games for conference football teams and was instrumental in the establishment of the new SEC headquarters building in Birmingham . Nationally he became one of the most respected and influential athletic administrators…He was most prominent in the creation and establishment of the Bowl Championship Series which leads to a national football championship…He retired from the SEC in July 2002.



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