Andrew D. Gramley
Team: Water Polo

Andrew D. Gramley ’90
Water Polo
Year Inducted: 2006

Gramley was a three-time First Team All-Ivy and All-East selection.  Brown was a fixture in the top 20 national rankings throughout his career. He was named the New England Player of the Year in both his junior and senior years in addition to being the Ivy League Player of the Year his senior year as well. Gramley remains the only three-time All-American in Brown water polo history. He led the Bears to three seventh place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1986, 1987 and 1989. 

A three-time MVP recipient, Gramley led the team in steals all four years and improved offensively throughout his career, being ranked second on the Bears in goals and first in assists his sophomore year, and leading the team in both categories, his junior and senior years.  The two-time team captain was a member of the East Team at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1988 and 1987.    

Gramley graduated from Brown with a degree in Political Science in 1990.  Shortly after graduation, he went to Japan to teach English and learn Japanese.  He lived there for three years, teaching English in a private English school for one year.  Gramley then worked in Fuji Xerox for two years as the only foreign member of their Internationalization Team, which is a division of Fuji Xerox’s Human Resources Department.  During that time he lived with a Japanese family and studied Japanese. 

After three years in Tokyo, Gramley returned to Chicago and worked as an associate in a Japanese Bank, calling on Japanese auto parts manufacturers in the Midwest.  After two years at Sanwa Bank, he joined the Recruiting group at Microsoft.  Gramley has held various roles at Microsoft since 1996.  He currently manages a team of college recruiters, who recruit computer science students from the top universities.  Gramley and his team hire 1,000 computer science students a year, including roughly ten from Brown.

Shortly after moving to Seattle with Microsoft, Gramley met his wife, Molly. Married in September of 1998, the couple has three children, triplets (Riley, Owen and Lucy), born in February of 2003.

Since graduating, Gramley has continued to play water polo, playing on a club team in Chicago for two years and in Seattle with various Brown teammates. In 2002, he began coaching a high school water polo team in Seattle, which has advanced to the state championship game for the last three years. One of his players was recently admitted to Brown as a member of the Class of 2010.