Dr. William "Bill" Kraemer is the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for the Division of Kinesiology
and Health. Dr. Kraemer was honored at a reception hosted by the College of Health
Sciences, Friday, October 19, during UW's Homecoming celebrations.
Prior to becoming one of the world’s leading experts in resistance training and top
sport scientists, Dr. Kraemer taught physical education and coached wrestling and
football at the secondary level. After completing his master’s degree in Exercise
Physiology at the University of Wyoming (UW) in 1978, he taught in the biology and
physical education departments at Carroll College in Waukesha, WI, where he was also
the head wrestling coach, assistant football coach, and strength and conditioning
coach for all Carroll College teams.
While completing his Ph.D. at UW from 1980-1984, Dr. Kraemer worked in the Human Energy
Research Laboratory and ran the American Heart Association’s Wyoming Cardiac Rehabilitation
program. From 1984 to 1987 he was a commissioned officer (Captain) in the United States
Army stationed at the U.S. Army’s Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, where
he worked in the Exercise Physiology Division researching such things as physical
demands of missions and exercise training adaptions.
Dr. Kraemer has had an illustrious career including faculty appointments at Pennsylvania
State University, the University of Connecticut, and Ball State University. Dr. Kraemer
is currently full professor at The Ohio State University where he leads the Neuroscience
and Neuromuscular Laboratory. He has over 475 peer reviewed publications, 12 books,
and 60,000+ citations. He is a fellow in four professional societies, founder and
editor-in-chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and has secured
millions of dollars of research funding from federal, corporate, and foundation agencies.
Dr. Kraemer has received numerous awards including the National Strength and Conditioning
Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.