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Former FC coach ready to help Lady Eagles soar

Former FC coach ready to help Lady Eagles soar
Former FC coach ready to help Lady Eagles soar
While several other sports ' most recently the boys basketball team ' have won sectional championships, new Lanesville girls varsity head basketball coach Bill Krammes says he hopes to help hang a girls basketball sectional championship banner in Lanesville's gym. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Former Floyd Central girls coach Bill Krammes admits he doesn’t own much purple clothing, but that will soon have to change for the 43-year-old math teacher after being voted in as Lanesville’s new girls varsity skipper last week.
Krammes has taught AP Calculus, Statistics and Discrete Mathematics in the New Albany-Floyd County School Corp. for more than 20 years, and has 18 years coaching experience. He’s served as girls coach at junior high, freshman and junior varsity levels, and spent seven years coaching the Lady Highlanders’ varsity team. The last three years he was a boys varsity assistant under Kirk Hamsley at Floyd Central.
Krammes stepped down from his last head coaching job after the 2000-2001 season, citing dislike of the (then) new summer participation rule, which allowed additional workout sessions while school was out in the summer.
‘It puts too much pressure on kids and coaches to spend their entire summer preparing for next season and not spending any time being a kid, or for me, being parent and husband. It makes us choose between sports and our families. I do feel that summer work is important, but not to the extent where you have to do it 24-7,’ Krammes said. ‘At Lanesville, I think the coaches know that you can’t monopolize the girls and therefore don’t put unrealistic expectations on them.’
After several seasons on the sidelines and in the stands, the coaching bug bit Krammes, and after Tim Coomer stepped aside as Lanesville’s skipper, Eagle Country seemed to be the right fit.
‘After you have been a head coach, it is difficult to become an assistant again. You have your own ideas about what should be emphasized and what is being taught, and your own style of doing things. I had a great relationship with the boys at FC, but the job at Lanesville seemed very attractive to me for several reasons,’ Krammes said.
He likes the chance of advancing in the state tournament: Facing the likes of 1A schools is much different than facing Jeffersonville, New Albany, Seymour, Bedford-North Lawrence and Jennings County in the same sectional week, he admits.
‘There are some good teams in the Southern Athletic Conference, and the sectional won’t be a cake walk by any means, but I think that it is a much easier situation than what we had at FC,’ Krammes said.
Another plus in coaching at Lanesville is its small-town appeal.
‘(The town) still revolves around the school. The people really care about what is happening with the students and the school overall. At Floyd Central, I think that we have too many things for kids to do, and it really makes them choose at such an early age that it is not productive to the entire school situation. At Lanesville, the kids still play more than one sport and like it. The coaches and sponsors understand that in order for the whole school to prosper, everyone needs to care about everyone else.’
Krammes, who will continue to teach at FCHS, said he and Coomer have talked about last season ‘ at 17-10, the best at LHS in over 15 years ‘ and what the club returns.
‘There are some very nice players coming back, and that will give us a good nucleus to build our team with. We want to develop a program, beginning with next year’s 5th graders, that will in the future continually feed itself. The returning players and I will get together for our summer camp, and then through open gym we will be spending our time getting to know our strengths and weaknesses. By the end of fall, we should be ready to compete at the highest level.
‘I expect great things out of our girls, we will not try to soften our expectations just because Lanesville is a small school. You put five players on the floor at a time, just like the big schools. What makes a good basketball team is not the size of the school, but the size of the heart, the refusal to lose and the dedication the girls and coaches make to being the best that they can possibly be.’