Kayla Kumbier joined Rick Bishop’s first staff for the 2021-22 season.
Kumbier serves as an assistant coach to complete Bishop’s impressive staff. She came from the University of San Diego, where she served as an assistant coach. Prior to her time at USD, she spent two years at the University of California at San Diego as the lead coach for the middle-distance group, recruiting coordinator and alumni and parent liaison.
Kumbier has coached several NCAA qualifiers and All-Americans at the Division II level while at UC San Diego. A handful of qualifiers and All-Americans represented MSU during her tenure. Kumbier assisted in coaching the 2020 Men’s 50 free NCAA Champion, Women’s NCAA 200 IM runner-up and the 2019/2020 NCAA Women’s 200 Medley relay runner-up.
In addition to coaching Division I swimmers, she has extensive experience with club and Division II swimmers. Her competitive experience at the Division I level for the University of Northern Iowa has helped her mold the swimmers of the future at Minnesota State University at Mankato and Allegheny College.
As a volunteer assistant at MSU, Mankato, Kumbier worked with the sprint, freestyle and butterfly specialists. When she arrived at Allegheny College, her role expanded to coaching and designing workouts for swimmers who specialized in sprint, middle-distance, and distance events.
While at UNI, Kumbier earned her bachelor’s of arts in movement and exercise science with a double emphasis in exercise science and sports psychology. After graduating, she attended MSU and received her master’s in sport and exercise psychology, while serving as a graduate assistant on MSU’s staff.