Kramer steps down at Windsor


Steve Kramer has resigned after more than a decade building the Windsor High boys’ basketball program into a perennial section playoff participant.

The Windsor High physical education teacher wants to spend more time with his growing family, giving up the nearly year-round demands of coaching and player development.

“To run a successful program there’s not a whole lot of down time,” Kramer said. “With our family it’s just too much. It’s a lot when you’ve got two young ones running around.”

Losing one of the school’s longest tenured coaches is a blow, particularly because Kramer also teaches on campus. School officials hope to soon name a replacement for both the basketball and football coaching vacancies.

“It’s a big loss. But it’s so good for him,” said Windsor athletic director Joe Stadum.

A Piner graduate, Kramer played two years at Santa Rosa Junior College and then at the College of Idaho, which won a NAIA national championship his senior season.

After college Kramer coached the Piner junior varsity two seasons before taking the Windsor job. He became Windsor’s first boys’ basketball coach 14 years ago. The school fielded its initial varsity teams that year.

“I’ve grown up with this program. It wasn’t an easy decision,” he said.

Windsor with Kramer at the helm won four Sonoma County League titles and reached the North Coast Section playoffs 10 times.

The last team was one of the best, winning a league title and reaching the section championship game.

The Jaguars then won a Nor Cal regional playoff contest before falling to the eventual state champion in Division 2.

“As a coach to get to go out on top, that’s great. Not too many people get to pull that off,” Stadum said.

Just a month after the season ended, Kramer now would have been running players through open gym sessions and beginning to put next year’s team together.

High school teams are busy with summer leagues and tournaments come June and July. Fall practices are followed by the first games in November.

“It might be a little strange come November,” Kramer said.

Still, he is ready to spend more time with his 3-year-old and 10-month-old sons.

The timing also is good because Kramer figures Windsor officials have very good candidates to take over.

“That was real important to me,” Kramer said.