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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia volleyball coach Lee Maes announced today that Jill Kramer has been hired as an assistant volleyball coach.

Kramer comes to Virginia from Alabama, where she served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Prior to the start of the 2007 season, she spent time as the assistant coach to Maes on USA Volleyball’s Junior National A-2 team that competed at the World European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.

“We are excited to welcome Jill Kramer to the Virginia volleyball staff,” Maes said. “She is a very talented coach who brings a wonderful skill set and background that our student-athletes will embrace. They will appreciate her relentless work ethic, her volleyball knowledge, her personality, and her enthusiasm. I’ve had the good fortune to work with her in the USA Volleyball program. With that experience, I knew she would be someone I would seek to hire if the opportunity arose. I’m delighted to have her in partnership with me here at Virginia to help take this program to national prominence.”

“I feel privileged to be a part of the University of Virginia and Cavalier athletics,” Kramer said. “It is very obvious to me that the motto of Uncompromised Excellence’ radiates throughout every facet of the UVa Athletics Department. I would like to thank Craig Littlepage, his associates, and Lee Maes for extending this opportunity to me. I am excited for the future of Virginia volleyball and very proud to be a Cavalier.”

During her time at Alabama, Kramer’s on-court training involved working with all positions, but primarily focused on outside hitters, defensive specialists and setters. She helped the Crimson Tide post an overall record of 32-28 and a 24-16 mark in SEC play. The squad also reached the NCAA Tournament both years.

Before Alabama, Kramer spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Roadrunners advanced to the Southland Conference tournament in each of her three seasons, and in 2005, the team advanced to the championship match.

Kramer also has experience with USA Volleyball. She began her involvement in 2006 as an assistant to Maes with the USA Junior A-2 training camp and Red team. The team won the High Performance Championships that year, and in 2007, her USA Junior A-2 team won the Global Challenge. This past year, she was a court coach for the USA Women’s National Team tryouts.

Kramer began her coaching career in 1998 as an assistant for the under-16 national team of the Texas Advantage Volleyball Club that competed in the Junior Olympic National Championships. In 2003, she joined the Alamo volleyball club staff and coached the under-17 Kaepa team to a third-place finish in the Club National Division. She also led the 2005 Alamo under-17 Kaepa team to a third-place finish in the same division.

A collegiate volleyball player at Texas Christian University, Kramer, formerly Jill Pape, was a four-year letterwinner and team captain. She was a member during the inaugural season and a part of the first graduating class, as her 1999 senior class was TCU volleyball’s first four-year group of players. The Horned Frog standout still holds 10 records and one NCAA record.

Kramer has attended the USA High Performance Coaches Clinic the past three years. She completed her bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from TCU in 2000 and married Willem Kramer in 2002.

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