Ryan Kramer ’14 returned to MacPhail Field for the 2016 season to join the Dickinson baseball staff. Kramer assisted in all phases of the program, working with pitchers and hitters, and assisting in recruiting. Kramer was elevated to the Devil’s top assistant in the fall of 2016 and just completed his first season as the Red Devil’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2017 Kramer helped coach five Red Devils who were named to the All-Conference team, including pitchers Billy O’Neil (First-team), Reid Collins (Second-team), and CC Golden Glove winner Rick Hopkins. In addition to All-Conference, O’Neil was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region team.
The pitching staff exceled in its first season under Kramer. The team ranked in the top three in the Centennial Conference in ERA, WHIP, and runs allowed. O’Neil lead the conference in wins and was third in earned run average, while Collins led the conference in earned run average and was second in saves. The Dickinson pitching staff was ranked nationally in ERA and WHIP for the 2017 campaign.
Before returning to Dickinson, Kramer was an important member of the baseball team and the Dickinson community. A two-time captain, Kramer was a four-year letter winner and an All-Centennial Conference honoree with the Red Devils. Kramer turned in an outstanding senior season to cap a brilliant career at Dickinson. He went 5-2 with a remarkable 1.61 earned run average over 61.2 innings. He set school records, holding opponents to a batting average of .188 that year, and .225 for his career, while his 1.61 season ERA was the second lowest in school history. He was third in single season strikeouts, with 72, with a program mark of 34 strikeouts looking. He was ranked in the top 50 nationally in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts.
Following graduation, Kramer continued his collegiate career at McGill University. In fact, he did more than simply continue. He led the McGill Redmen to a National Championship. Kramer fired a complete-game shutout in the national semifinals, scattering three hits and striking out 13. Kramer was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Pitcher and was honored as the National Pitcher of the Year.
Kramer is also active with TEAM Impact and the Hydrocephalus Association. As he became very close with Matt Kocsis, who became an integral member of the Red Devil baseball program during Kramer’s senior season. Matt was paired with the Dickinson program through TEAM Impact, an organization that places children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses with collegiate athletic programs. As Matt was born with Hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling, or "water on the brain." Kramer developed one of the strongest bond with Matt during the season. Kramer and Dickinson College still maintain a very close relationship with Matt and the Kocsis family.