He helped to return Emporia State football to respectability in the 1980s and almost brought the Hornets to their first title in the sport. Now one-time head coach Larry Kramer has passed away.
Kramer started in 1983 and went 5-15 in his first two seasons, but the Hornets won at least seven games four of the next five seasons -- including an 11-2 run to the NAIA national championship game in 1989, where ESU lost to Carson-Newman.
Overall, Kramer was 71-54 in his 12 seasons at ESU, good enough for second in wins all-time behind Francis Welch. He also coached future NFL standout Leon Lett during his tenure.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Kramer also coached at Southern Oregon and Austin College before coming to ESU. He was inducted into Emporia State's Hall of Honor in 2000.
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