Bobcats hire offensive coordinator

BOZEMAN — Tim Cramsey won’t soon forget his last game as the University of New Hampshire’s offensive coordinator.

“Bad memories,” laughs the former Wildcats player and coach whose last game at UNH was that team’s 26-25 FCS Playoff loss in Bozeman on Dec. 3, 2011. “We joked about that a lot when I was on my visit (in Bozeman).”

Cramsey officially joined the Montana State football program Friday when Rob Ash named him the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He replaces Kevin McGiven, who resigned that position in December to accept a similar role at Utah State. Cramsey spent the 2012 season as offensive coordinator at Florida International, an FBS school in the Sun Belt Conference.

While Cramsey’s memories of that playoff game in Bozeman may not be positive, Ash’s recollection played a strong role in this transaction. “First of all, I remember that preparing for his offense was very difficult because it was so balanced and so diverse, very unpredictable and explosive,” Ash said. “There were lots of positive things. I know (Bobcat defensive coordinator) Jamie Marshall commented a number of times about how solid and good they were on offense.”

The difficulties didn’t end with preparations during the week. “When he called the game I remember they did a nice job against us,” Ash said. “We played well but they kept battling and found ways to stay in the game. I was impressed with the way they played. Those were all positives.”

Cramsey played quarterback at New Hampshire from 1995-98 after redshirting in 1994, serving as team captain as a senior. He filled a unique role, also serving as the team’s long snapper during his four years on the varsity. Following three years in private business he entered the high school coaching ranks in his native Pennsylvania, returning to his alma mater as tight ends coach in 2003. In 2006 he became running backs coach, and two years later took over coaching quarterbacks. He added offensive coordinator duties in 2009, and was also recruiting coordinator and kickoff return coach at points during his time there.

Leaving New Hampshire after the 2011 season, Cramsey took over as offensive coordinator at Florida International last fall. Under his direction the Panthers averaged 383.8 yards and 25.0 points per game. FIU head coach Mario Cristobal was relieved of his duties in December.

Cramsey takes over a Bobcat offense that has been among the FCS leaders for the past several years, and among the eight returning starters on that side of the ball is three-year starting quarterback DeNarius McGhee, who has already earned a pair of Big Sky Offensive MVP awards.

It didn’t take Cramsey long to figure out what Bobcat fans know about McGhee. “I had a chance to quickly meet DeNarius,” Cramsey said, “and he is the type of kid whose personality takes over a room when he walks in. I’m excited about helping him reach his goals, and excited about trying to help the team reach that ultimate goal of a national championship.

While Cramsey said he can talk at length about his offensive philosophy, the goal is far more focused. “Score points,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to, score points on every drive. Something I’ve preached to every team I’ve ever coached is do your job. If everybody does their job we’ll have a chance to score points on every play.”

— MSU Sports Information