Guemmer enters his second season as an assistant coach on the UMKC track & field staff as the distance coach in 2016, after having his athletes put up record numbers in his first year.
As the primary coach for distance athletes in 2015, Guemmer produced three WAC conference champions, three school record holders, 15 first-team All-WAC honorees, and 17 second-teamers, including men’s cross country WAC Freshman of the Year Marcus Johnson. The biggest success of Guemmer’s first year as an assistant coach came with the performance all year of Bryce Miller. Miller finished second in the WAC Cross Country Championships, and produced one of the most successful outdoor seasons in UMKC history.
Under the direction of Guemmer, Miller broke his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Invitational by running a time of 8:38.59. Miller then won a gold medal in the steeple and 5,000-meter run at the WAC Outdoor Championships. His school record breaking time at Payton Jordan held for a qualifying time in the NCAA West Preliminary, and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, for the second year in a row by placing fifth-overall at the prelims in Lawrence, Kansas.
Miller capped a successful NCAA outdoor season by yet again breaking his school record, this time in the qualifying round of finals at the outdoor championships with a time of 8:34.32, before running to a ninth-place finish in the finals to mark his second-straight year as a second-team All-American.
Guemmer’s guidance continued far past the outdoor season, as Miller’s best time in 2016 qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where he was the first current UMKC athlete to compete at the trials. Miller continued to shine, as he finished in 10th-place in the steeple, an amazing feat for a junior in college. Miller capped his 2016 campaign by competing in the NACAC U-23 Championships in El Salvador, representing the U.S. as one of the best athletes under the age of 23 in the nation.
Prior to joining the UMKC coaching staff, Guemmer was a student-athlete at UMKC and earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2013. In the four year he ran track and cross country for the ’Roos, Guemmer also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was the president of SAAC in 2011-12.
Guemmer is a native of DeSoto, Missouri, where most of his family still lives, including two of his three brothers.