EBU Recreational Coaching Director
Art Kramer was born in St. Louis, Missouri and played his youth soccer with the prestigious Busch Soccer Club. From an early age, Art was driven to be the best he could be. He won Juggling competitions at the age of 10, 11 and 12 with totals up to 1000 consecutive juggles.
Art played HS soccer at Vianney High School and his team won the Missouri State Championship in 1979. That same year, Art competed as a member of the Midwest Olympic Development Team at the National Sports Festival. Soon after that was named to the US U-19 National Team and earned 2 National team caps playing against Germany and France.
Art was an amazing player and started his 16 year professional career in 1981 with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Art also played with Everton Reserves of the English Premier League in 1985. ln 1992, Art was a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team that played in Brazil. Art scored the game winning goal against Holland, making him the only American to accomplish this feat against Holland in all of Men’s National Teams competitions.
In 2001, Art became the National Professional Soccer League’s all-time leading scorer. He still holds the indoor soccer record of scoring 6 short-handed goals in one season.
In 1998, Art transitioned to coaching as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Wave and helped lead the team to their first of six indoor championships. Art also led Milwaukee Wave United, an outdoor team, to an A-League championship in 2003 as head coach. Additionally, Art had success coaching high school soccer in Milwaukee. Art was the head coach of University School in Milwaukee, and led this team to three High School State Championships.
Excerpt from Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame Bio, March 11, 2017