Bobby Kummer brings 18 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience with him as he enters his first season as an assistant with Lamar. Kummer comes to Beaumont after spending the previous four seasons in Boone, N.C., as an assistant with Appalachian State, including the last three as associate head coach.
Known as a tireless worker on the court and recruiting trail, Kummer has left a paper trail of success in his wake. During his career, Kummer has helped coach 14 all-conference selections, including three all-freshman team picks, two conference players of the year, two defensive players of the year, two freshmen of the year and a newcomer of the year. He was instrumental in signing five top-20 recruiting classes of which 37 players have gone on to sign professional contracts, including six who played in the NBA.
Kummer's work on the recruiting trail hasn't just produced individual honors. He has worked with five teams that have advanced to the postseason, including three trips to the NCAA Championships.
Kummer's coaching career began in 1996 at his alma mater where he was hired by former UNC-Charlotte standout, Melvin Watkins. During a two-year stretch, the 49ers brought in a top-10 recruiting class (Bob Gibbons All-Start Sports) and made two NCAA Championship appearances. Following the 1997-98 season, Kummer left Charlotte for College Station when Watkins was named Texas A&M head coach.
During his time with the Aggies, Kummer was able to keep some of the Lone Star State's best talent within its borders. The Aggies' 1999 and 2000 signing classes were ranked in the top 20 by various publications, and produced the eventual Big 12 Freshman of the Year (Bemard King) and Newcomer of the Year. King would close out his Aggie career as the school's all-time leading scorer just shy of 2,000 points. The staff would produce a second freshman of the year in 2003 in Antoine Wright.
Following the 2003-04 season, Kummer returned to his alma mater where he spent the next six seasons. Kummer's second coaching stop in Charlotte would be one of the more successful runs in school history. During that time, Charlotte made three postseason appearances, including the 2005 NCAA Championships as a seven seed, had 10 all-conference selections, including a Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, a John Wooden Award finalist (Curtis Withers) and had 17 players who went on to sign professional contracts.
A two-time team captain during his playing career, Kummer guided the 49ers to a 1995 Metro Conference title, and a trip to the 1995 NCAA Championships. Kummer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Charlotte in 1996. He is married to the former Nicole David.