Nick Cramer became the first player in FC Wichita’s club history. Cramer attended NCAA D1 University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) coached by Rick BenBen, where he was named 1st Team ALL-WAC by College Sports Madness. He started his freshman season as a defender but moved to a forward position after injuries opened an attacking role. He went on to lead his team in goals on the season.
Before attending UMKC, Cramer grew up in Wichita’s soccer community playing four years at Northwest High School for coach Bobby Bribiesca. During his four years Northwest was very dangerous winning a State Championship & 3 conference titles.
Cramer points to his early youth days as the driving force for his development. He spent most of elementary and middle school soccer years playing for two local coaches Tom Rhodes, and Greg Morgan before moving to the EFC Strykers who was coached by Dean Mattacheira. EFC would later merge with a nationally recognized club, “Rush”, now known as Kansas Rush Wichita (KRW) and are the largest youth club in our area. Nic would finish out his youth days with KRW coached by FC Wichita assistant Sammy Lane during his Junior and Senior years. In that time, Rush teams competed in many tournaments such as the Dallas Cup, Disney Showcase and the MRL league making it to the Midwest Regional Final.
Rush Wichita Director of Coaching Adam Hunter commented. “We are delighted for Nick and the opportunity that he will have to play and represent his community with FC Wichita as a Kansas Rush Wichita alumni. Bringing an NPSL team to the Wichita Metro gives the best players, who strive to play at a high level while maintaining amateur status, a tangible place to do so. This kind of opportunity hasn’t been available until now and much of this is thanks to Blake Shumaker and his ownership group. At Rush we try to develop players to who display some of the highest technical and tactical proficiency and Nick Cramer is just one example of this.”
Now, in the club’s second year, Cramer is ready to help his city defend their conference championship. “We built a great foundation last season,” said Cramer. “Now we look to take the next step and win on the US Open Cup stage.”
“Cramer played a huge role last season,” said GM Larry Inlow. “It’s very exciting to have him back with us.”