Elmer Britton ’66 has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
Following three years in the U.S. Army, Britton began attending FC in 1962. He lettered in two sports- football and baseball. In football, Britton was a four year letter winner and captain his senior year. He also garnered All-NAIA District 21 honors as a tight end. In baseball, Britton was a three-year letter winner as a catcher for the Grizzlies.
Following graduation, Britton remained at Franklin, joining the football staff under legendary football coach Stewart “Red” Faught while he attended graduate school at Indiana University.
In 1968, Britton accepted his first coaching position as head football coach in Richmond where the team was Mythical State Champion before the advent of the IHSAA playoffs. The following year, he was named head coach of Providence High School’s football program and built a reputation as a coach capable of turning unsuccessful football teams into winning programs.
After three years at Providence, Britton was head football coach for two years at Hammond Clark. He then took the head coaching position at South Bend Clay, remaining there the next nine years, and at one point winning 27 of 30 games. The stretch included the school’s only unbeaten season. He then coached for one year at Hamilton Southeastern High School, which was unbeaten that season.
In 1983, Britton was named the head football coach at Lake Central High School where he remained for the next 18 years. There he compiled a 168-64 record, winning five conference championships, three sectional titles, two regional championships, and one semi-state crown. In 1993, his team was state runner-up while setting the all-time rushing record of 5,394 yards for Indiana high schools.
In 2001, Britton became head coach at Logansport, where his team finished among the final four of the IHSAA playoffs after he took over a program that had not won for nine years. Britton’s final two seasons at Logansport were the best in the 100-year history of the Berries’ program. He ended his coaching career at Logansport, guiding his team to an unbeaten regular season.
Britton, who gathered numerous Coach of the Year honors, finished his high school coaching career with an overall record of 241-163-2. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Throughout his career, Britton stressed and instilled in his players various qualities imperative to an individual’s success with a particular emphasis on education. More than 250 players he coached later went on to play at the collegiate level and beyond. He retired from public education in 2007.
Britton currently resides in South Bend, Ind. with his wife Kathryn (Miller) Britton ’65. They have two children, John and Michelle (Johnson) Jensen, and one grandson, Jack Britton Jensen.
John Holden ’92 has been inducted onto the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
Holden is presently Franklin College’s third all-time scoring leader with 1,683 points and posted the Grizzlies’ second-best single season points total (686) in his senior season 1991-92.
Holden, who played forward for Coach Kerry Prather, also was named to the NAIA Division II All-American Team, was voted the NAIA District 21 Player of the Year, and was, tabbed the Co-Most Valuable Player in the ICAC (Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference). He paced the ICAC in scoring average at 23.7 points per game. Holden led his team in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw accuracy, three-point field goal shooting and steals.
He also was named Franklins’ first NAIA National Player of the Week after leading the Grizzlies to two tournament titles inside of six days in December, 1991. Holden set Franklin’s single season and career steals marks (68) and (168), respectively.
Moreover, the nationally-ranked Grizzlies finished 25-4, setting a Franklin single-season team record for victories and advancing to the NAIA national tournament for the first time in 12 years in Holden’s senior season. The Grizzlies captured their second ICAC championship with an 11-1 league record won each of their conference road contests.
In his junior year, Holden was named to the All-ICAC and All-NAIA District 21 teams after helping the Grizzlies finish with a 20-7 overall record, go undefeated in 13 home contests and reach the District 21 title game. When he was freshman, Franklin won the ICAC title in the first year it was contested. The Grizzlies posted an 8-2 conference record and finished with a 21-7 overall mark.
Immediately following graduation, Holden spent one year in Australia playing for the Shepparton Gators with fellow former Franklin teammate Scott Roberts ’91. Averaging more than 32 points per game, Holden would lead his team to the Victoria League Championship game.
Holden began his business career with Ryder Transportation in 1994. He joined HP Products in January 2001, and is now Vice President of Michigan at the company, overseeing sales and operations for the state of Michigan and northwest Ohio.
Holden is a 1988 graduate of Martinsville High School. He resides in Canton, Mich. with his wife, Laura, and their children, Whitney and Lucas.
Stephanie Kramer Bot ’95 has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
Kramer Bot was a standout basketball player at FC from 1990-95. In her sophomore season, she led the Grizzlies to a Hoosier Conference for Women championship. She was named to the All-HCW Team and named All-NAIA All-District 21. Kramer Bot was forced to red-shirt early in following season as a junior after fracturing her right foot. However, in the next season, 1993-94, she helped her team win the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference championship as its third consecutive league title.
Moreover, Franklin, which was guided by Gene White ’58, was the first Grizzlies athletic program in a team sport to earn a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. Kramer Bot was named the ICAC’s Most Valuable Player and was named an All-American.
In 1994-95 Kramer Bot helped Franklin claim its second consecutive ICAC title under first-year coach Lisa Mahan ’88 and earn another berth in the NCAA tourney. The Grizzlies posted a 24-2 overall record that season, setting a school team record for single-season victories.
Kramer Bot ended her career at Franklin as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,796 points. She graduated from Franklin with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/physical education and allied health and fitness. She minored in health with a middle school endorsement while receiving both a coaching and general math endorsement.
After college, Kramer Bot returned to her high school alma mater in Rushville, Ind. to accept a position teaching physical education and health. She was named head coach of both the junior varsity volleyball and freshman girls’ basketball teams and named assistant track and field coach. Kramer Bot remained at Rushville for three years before relocating to Olivia, Minn.
In the fall of 1999, Kramer Bot was named the varsity girls basketball coach at Kerkhoven/Murdock/Sunburg school while teaching physical education. A year later, she moved to Jackson, Minn., where she coached eight-grade girls’ basketball. Shortly after, Kramer Bot was named the junior varsity coach and assistant coach at Jackson County Central, and in 2003, was appointed the Huskies’ varsity head coach. She is now varsity assistant basketball coach at Marshall High School. Kramer Bot currently resides in Minnesota, Minn. with her husband, Chad Bot, and two children, Reid and Kaitlynn.