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Head Coach Bill Kramer elected to the
Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Bill Kramer was named to the 40th class of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. It was only the second time it was earned by a coach from Collier County. The move, announced in a FACA news release, solidifies Kramer’s status among the area’s most well-respected coaches.
Kramer, who coached the Naples football team to its fifth straight district championship last fall, joins former fellow Golden Eagles softball coach Robert Iamurri as the lone Collier County coaches to receive the honor from the FACA, which voted on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees at the Board of Directors meeting on June 24.
Joining Coach Kramer in the seven-man class were Jim Belin from Port St. Joe, Mark Feely from Tallahassee-Leon, Greg Jones from Tallahassee-Chiles, Jeff McClean from Merritt Island, Rob Shafer from Lake Wales, and the late Jeff Sommer from Estero. A minimum of 20 years coaching experience or FACA participation is required for Hall of Fame consideration. Voting criteria is based on coaching records, championships and FACA service.
Kramer has led Naples to the state playoffs all but two seasons since he took over the program in 1998. He’s the only sitting football coach in Southwest Florida who has won two state championships.
In a phone interview, Kramer said it felt “surreal” to be in the hall among local legends he looked up to as a young coach, like Joe Hampton, who coached at Estero and was inducted as a South Fort Myers High School coach, and Sam Sirianni Sr., the late Fort Myers High School football coaching legend.
“Every player, every coach, the administrators – everybody gave me a chance to be successful and made me better than I would have been,” Kramer said. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 9 at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort.
Golden Eagles hang on to best the Green Wave 37-26
The fans that made the trek to Sam Siriani Field got their money's worth as the 2 oldest football programs in Southwest Florida made big play after big play. Every time the Golden Eagles would extend the lead, the Greenies came right back. The contest was still in doubt until the last 2 minutes expired off the clock. Kieran DiGiorno and Tyler Byrd teamed up for 9 receptions good for 134 yards and two scores. Carlin Fils~Aime carried the ball 20 times for 143 yards and a score as well. The defense kept the potent Fort Myers attack under 300 yards of total offense, thanks in no small part to 2 sacks by Wyclef Phanor and one from Colt Strickland. Kicker Jerry Nunez had one of his best games of the year as his 7 kickoffs all were touchbacks, forcing the Green Wave to try to drive the entire field on each series. Jerry also connected on 3 field goals to give the Golden Eagles some breathing room. Read about it at the Naples Herald. Up next are the undefeated Charlotte Tarpons. Season ticket holders can purchase their same regular season tickets on Monday or Tuesday from 9:00 AM until noon. Full details can be found here.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, then come Friday to Staver field and cheer on your Golden Eagles as the go after another Regional Championship!