TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte announced the hiring of Jill Kramer as Director of Volleyball on December 29, 2014. Kramer becomes the third head coach in the history of the volleyball program.
Kramer, the first scholarship volleyball student-athlete in the history of TCU who still holds the school records in kills, kills per set and total attacks, returns as a Horned Frog after serving as head coach at West Virginia the past five seasons.
"We're very excited to welcome home Jill Kramer," Del Conte said. "Jill is a big part of our volleyball history. From being a student-athlete in the inaugural season of our program and later a member of our first volleyball graduating class, Jill is a true Horned Frog who bleeds purple.
"Jill is simply a perfect fit for us. We're very excited to have her once again a part of the TCU and Fort Worth communities. With Jill's leadership, the future is bright for TCU volleyball."
Kramer, formerly Jill Pape, was a four-year letterwinner and team captain at TCU from 1996-99. Her 1999 senior class was TCU's first four-year group of volleyball student-athletes.
"I am humbled and honored that Chancellor (Victor) Boschini, Chris Del Conte, and the rest of the TCU family have entrusted me with the direction of the TCU Volleyball program, Kramer said. "When I graduated from TCU 14 years ago, I don't think I could've have written this script any better. The growth that TCU has experienced since my time on campus is tremendous and it's been fun to watch all of the progress from a distance.
"I am most excited to get to know the players and begin to work with them. Naturally, I have a very clear vision for the growth of the program, on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. I'm very happy to be coming home!"
Kramer was named West Virginia's third volleyball coach in 2010, a day before the start of fall training camp and guided the Mountaineers to new heights in her five seasons at the helm.
West Virginia recently finished one of its most successful seasons in 2014 with a program-high RPI of 70 and also garnering its first All-Americans in program history when Jordan Anderson and Nikki Attea earned the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors. Anderson also became the first player in the history of the program to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team.
In 2013, Kramer led her team to its best start in program history (10-0), its first Big 12 Conference victory and its first 20-win season in more than two decades. She also saw her squad finish No. 74 in the RPI - 118 spots higher than 2012 - the eighth-best improvement in the country and the largest among major conference schools. In the Mountaineers' season finale, Kramer recorded her 50th career win in a three-set sweep of Buffalo.
Kramer led WVU into the Big 12 Conference in 2012, when the Big 12 was coming off a 2011 season rated as the nation's best conference according to RPI. Before facing one of the toughest conference schedules in program history where the team played a record eight matches against ranked opponents, Kramer coached a pair of freshmen to the school's first Big 12 honors in Attea and Hannah Sackett.
In her first two seasons at WVU, Kramer hit the ground running as the Mountaineers began their 2010 season with their best start since 1987, posting a 4-0 record at the WVU Classic. The Mountaineers also defeated Marshall for the first time since 2001 with a dominating 3-0 win in the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers also shut down Pitt, 3-2, in 2010 and 2011 for the second and third wins in program history over the Panthers and the first wins in more than 40 years. In her inaugural year, the Mountaineers closed out the season just one match shy of a Big East Tournament appearance, finishing 15-15.
Kramer's influence on defensive play was seen when WVU was ranked as high as No. 1 in the Big East and nationally for digs per set in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Kramer coached first-time libero Serinna Russo to a final ranking of No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big East ranking in digs per set.
Since becoming a head coach in 2010, Kramer has put a great emphasis on the improvement of academics. Kramer's teams have slowly risen to her expectations with WVU being honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award in July 2013 - the first in program history. The award honors collegiate teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Kramer came to West Virginia after spending two seasons as an assistant at Virginia, where she made an immediate impact on the Cavaliers' volleyball program. In her first season, where she coordinated all recruiting efforts, Kramer helped head coach Lee Maes bring the program its first-ever nationally ranked recruiting class, posting a No. 15 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com. She followed that up in her second year with a class that was tabbed No. 9 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Prior to her stint at Virginia, Kramer spent two seasons (2006-07) as an assistant at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide reach the NCAA tournament in consecutive years. At Alabama, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including on-court training, opponent scouting and recruiting, while tutoring two time All-American Crystal Hudson. In her second season with the Crimson Tide, Kramer served as the recruiting coordinator, bringing in the first ranked recruiting class in Tide volleyball history, a No. 27 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com.
Kramer began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at UTSA from 2003-05. UTSA advanced to the Southland Conference tournament in each of her three seasons, including a championship berth in 2005.
While coaching at UTSA, Kramer also was the co-director for the Alamo Volleyball Club, coaching the 17-and-under team. She oversaw all player and coach development while Alamo grew to 26 teams and over 250 athletes. During her time there, 17 teams qualified for the Junior Olympics, while six of those teams earned medals and 12 players earned All-America awards.
Her coaching career began in 1998 as an assistant for the 16-and-under national team of the Metroplex Volleyball Club, currently Texas Advantage, in Fort Worth.
Kramer also has been involved with USA Volleyball for the past eight years. Kramer's teams have posted a 31-5 record during her time with USA Volleyball and from 2007-13, she coached at the USA Women's National team tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kramer spent the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach for the USA Women's Junior National Team, which competed in the FIVB Women's Junior National World Championships in Lima, Peru. The team posted a 4-4 record and came in fourth in the competition.
A native of San Antonio, Kramer earned a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from TCU in 2000 and is currently completing USA CAP Level I and II certification. She is married to Willem Kramer of The Netherlands.
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