CMU will name soccer field after legends Kramer, Deromedi


Andy Sneddon, CMU

Dedication scheduled for the Chippewas’ home opener on September 10

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University will honor two of the giants in its football history by naming the field at Kelly/Shorts Stadium after them.

The stadium’s playing surface will be called Kramer/Deromedi Field, in recognition of legendary coaches Roy Kramer and Herb Deromedi.

“We are proud to honor the rich tradition and history of football at CMU by dedicating this field to Coach Roy Kramer and Coach Herb Deromedi,” said Amy Folan, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics for the CMU Zyzelewski Family. “The indelible mark of these two legendary CMU leaders has benefited so many over the years and will continue to benefit future generations. It is fitting that this landmark space they helped build bear their names.”

Kramer, with Deromedi as his defensive coordinator, led the Chippewas to the Division II national championship in 1974. Statues of both men stand proudly outside the Chippewa Champions Center, located on the north end of Kelly/Shorts Stadium, and both are members of the Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame from Central Michigan University.

Kramer guided the Chippewas to a record of 83-32-2 in his 11 seasons as head coach and in 1974 he was named Division II National Coach of the Year. Kramer served as athletic director at Vanderbilt and later became the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.

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“I am humbled and humbled by this recognition of my days at Central Michigan University,” Kramer said. “I am particularly honored to share this recognition with Herb Deromedi. However, this is truly a celebration and recognition of the hundreds of young men who represented the pride and tradition of the Chippewa Maroons and Golds.”

Deromedi joined Kramer’s coaching staff as an assistant in 1967 and then succeeded his longtime mentor as head coach in 1978.

He posted a remarkable record of 110-55-10 over 16 seasons, leading the Chippewas to MAC titles in 1979, ’80 and ’90. He was twice named MAC Coach of the Year and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. After hanging up his whistle, Deromedi served with distinction for 13 years as CMU’s director of athletics and was a member of the College Football Playoffs. from 2016-18.

“It’s a tremendous honor and humbling to be recognized alongside my mentor then, and still now, Roy Kramer,” said Deromedi. “I am so grateful for my time at Central Michigan and all of the men that I was able to coach and all of the people that have had such an impact on my life.”

The official dedication is scheduled for September 10 at a pregame ceremony before CMU hosts South Alabama.

Naming the field in honor of Kramer and Deromedi was the result of a $1 million fundraising effort supported by numerous CMU football alumni and friends of Kramer and Deromedi.

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