FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State University has earned a reputation as one of the toughest, hard-nosed, physical teams in the Football Championship Subdivision thanks to the behind-the-scenes work of the NDSU football strength and conditioning staff led by Jim Kramer.
Kramer has been NDSU's director of athletic performance for football since 2004, the program's first year of NCAA Division I competition, and will stay with the Bison football program beyond the 2018 season with a promotion to Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance. The Bison have won nine conference championships and six national championships in his 15 years.
Kramer oversees the strength training, conditioning, agility and nutrition programs for the Bison football team. He has trained seven NFL draft picks and 22 professional players at North Dakota State while positioning the Bison for success nationally. NDSU is 9-3 against FBS-level teams.
He was selected as the 2013 Samson Equipment/American Football Monthly FCS strength and conditioning coach of the year following a 15-0 season that included an opening-night win over Kansas State and ended with NDSU's third of five straight FCS national championships.
Kramer came to NDSU in November 2003 from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was a strength and conditioning coordinator at the U.S. Olympic Training Center for a year-and-a-half assisting in the development of Performance Enhancement Teams and the testing and training of elite-level athletes.
He spent five years as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Northern Iowa from 1997 to 2002. He was responsible for developing UNI's first strength and conditioning program and was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Coach of the Year in 1998-99.
A 27-year veteran of collegiate athletics, he has coached All-Americans in football, track and field, volleyball, softball and baseball.
Kramer spent five years as the assistant director of player development at Georgia Tech from 1992 to 1997 and two years as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning at Appalachian State from 1990 to 1992.
A native of Platteville, Wis., Kramer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and he earned his master's degree in exercise science from Appalachian State in 1993.