First time author, Kramer Soderberg, is a devoted husband to his wife, Andrea, and father to his three children (Krayton, Finley, and Paisley). Son of long time college basketball coach, Brad Soderberg, Kramer grew up in Saint Charles, Missouri where he excelled on the basketball court at both the high school and college levels. Outside of coaching, Kramer devotes much of his free time to growing in his Catholic faith and spreading his love of Jesus to others through speaking opportunities and personal interactions throughout his community.
As a born and bred cradle Catholic, for the majority of Kramer’s life he was uninterested, unappreciative, and just down right bored with his faith. Only after college and a personal life challenge did Kramer begin to give his life more fully to Christ and take his spiritual life more seriously. After years of focused and detailed research, Kramer finally felt compelled to begin to evangelize the faith that he had so adamantly pushed aside for the first 25 years of his life.
Now, as a devout and enthusiastic Catholic, Kramer uses his gifts as a speaker and motivator to bring the Gospel to people of all backgrounds and age groups. From grade school to college students; confirmation retreats to parish theological discussions—Kramer has a unique ability to connect with his audience and present difficult and sometimes dry spiritual insights in a simple, genuine, and exciting way.
As a first time author, Kramer’s book: Fill Your Cup for Christ: A Spiritual Journey Sown & Grown through Sports has had tremendous success and
is already impacting the faith lives of all who read it. As word continues to spread about the book, more and more testimonies of the book’s profound power and refreshing simplicity continue to pile up. Kramer desires to get his book into the hands of as many Christians as possible in order to bring people into greater relationship with Jesus and his Church. As a way to help Catholic parishes, Kramer offers his book for minimum “print price” to all church communities who desire to buy copies for their parishioners.
As a lover of all things Catholic, Kramer has a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph (the foster Father of Jesus). He loves attending daily mass, praying the rosary, and participating in adoration at his local hospital chapel. Kramer has also grown in fondness of many of the saints including: St. Peter, St. Stephen, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. Pope John Paul II, St. Mother Teresa, and St. Therese of Lisieux. Kramer’s hope and dream is to one day make a pilgrimage to the Holy land with his wife Andrea.
Kramer met his wife, Andrea, in 6th grade and although a relationship didn’t materialize until college as Andrea will say, “God knew what he was doing all along.” Kramer and Andrea got engaged in May of 2012 and were married in June of 2013. After 7 years of marriage Kramer and Andrea have been blessed with three children: Krayton (6), Finley (3), and Paisley (1). As their relationship and family have grown, Kramer and Andrea have learned to give their lives over to God and to more fully surrender to Christ’s divine will.
In his down time, Kramer enjoys to play with his children, be outdoors, and work with his hands. Kramer has been given a talent as a sketch artist and most especially loves drawing depictions of Jesus and illustrations of his beloved Green Bay Packers.
Coach Kramer Soderberg is currently the assistant men’s basketball coach at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Having spent the last 5 years at Millikin, Kramer plays a lead role in the recruitment and development of the student athletes. As the son of long time college basketball coach Brad Soderberg (current assistant at the University of Virginia), Kramer has become known for his knowledge of the Pack-Line Defense and Motion offensive principles designed, developed, and implemented by the coaching tree of Dick Bennett, Brad Soderberg, and Tony Bennett. Coach Kramer Soderberg has spoken at numerous coaches clinics and has assisted high school and college staffs around the country in their understanding of these offensive and defensive strategies.
Prior to joining the Millikin staff, Soderberg spent three years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. During Soderberg’s first two years as a graduate assistant, Lindenwood compiled a record of 30-26 in its first two years of NCAA DII play. In 2012-13, Soderberg helped the Lions to a 19-7 record; one win away from winning a conference title in their first official season in the prestigious MIAA conference. In the 2014-15 season, Soderberg contributed to a 17-12 record, as Lindenwood finished tied for third place.
During his playing days, Soderberg was one of the best to ever play at Lindenwood University. In his two seasons at Lindenwood, he averaged 17 points a game and started in all 66 games he played in. He was named the first-team All-HAAC in 2010-11, the HAAC Newcomer of the Year, and was a member of the NAIA All-American Third-Team. After his senior season, he was named a Capital One Division II Academic All-American. In his two years at Lindenwood, Soderberg scored 1,148 points, ending his career seventh on the all-time leading scorers list. Soderberg graduated from Lindenwood University in 2012 with his bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned his master’s in mass communication in 2014. Kramer was inducted into the Lindenwood University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, as a first ballet inductee.
Before transferring to Lindenwood, Soderberg attended NCAA Division I, University of Miami-Ohio. In his freshman season, he played in all but three games and received the Randy Gunlock Scholar-Athlete Award.
Soderberg attended St. Charles West High School and was a three-time all-state selection, earned conference player of the year honors three times and all-conference accolades four times. He was tabbed the 2007-08 Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri and also was named the St. Louis Post Dispatch 2008 Player of the Year. While playing at St. Charles West, he guided the Warriors to four conference titles, district championships in 2004-05 and 2007-08, and a Missouri State Class 4 Final Four appearance in 2007-08. Soderberg’s jersey was retired in 2009 as he compiled one of the best high school careers in school and state history.