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Central Michigan to name football field after two other legendary coaches

Central Michigan has had several top coaches over the years.

Next month, the university will honor two of them by naming the football stadium Kramer/Deromedi Field, after Roy Kramer and Herb Deromedi.

The on-field signing will take place Sept. 10, before Mt. Pleasant’s home game against South Alabama.

“We are proud to honor WUC’s rich football tradition and history by dedicating this field to Coach Roy Kramer and Coach Herb Deromedi,” said Central Michigan athletic director Amy Folan. by announcing the dedication on Monday. “The indelible mark of these two legendary CMU leaders has benefited so many over the years and will continue to benefit generations to come.

“It is fitting that this prominent space they helped build bears their name.”

The dedication was made possible through a $1 million fundraiser.

The stadium will continue to be called Kelly/Shorts Stadium, in honor of another legendary coach, Kenneth “Bill” Kelly, and R. Perry Shorts, a 1900 CMU alumnus and early donor important to the university.

Kramer served as head coach from 1967 to 1977, compiling an 83-32-11 record. He led the Chippewas to the Division II National Championship in 1974. Deromedi was his defensive coordinator.

“I am honored and very touched by this recognition from my days at Central Michigan University,” said Kramer, who is 92. “I am especially honored to share this recognition with Herb Deromedi. However, it is truly a celebration and recognition of the hundreds of young men who represented the pride and tradition of the Brown and Gold of the Chippewas.”

Kramer coached at several Michigan high schools before taking over at Central Michigan. He left Mt. Pleasant to become athletic director at Vanderbilt, and later served as commissioner of the SEC.

Deromedi, 83, took over as head coach at Central Michigan in 1978 and coached until 1993. He was 110-55-10 in 16 seasons, winning three Mid-American championships Conference. After retiring as a coach, he served as CMU’s sporting director for 13 years. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

“It is a huge honor and a lesson in humility to be recognized alongside my mentor then, and still today, Roy Kramer,” said Deromedi. “I’m so grateful for my time at Central Michigan and all the men I got to coach and all the people who had such an impact in my life.”

Central Michigan, coached by Jim McElwain and expected to finish third in the MAC West Division, opens the season Thursday night at Oklahoma State, before heading home for the Sept. 10 game.

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