Kirk Kumbier joins Rick Bishop’s first staff at LSU as the Volunteer Assistant.
Prior to joining Bishop’s staff in Baton Rouge, Kumbier served as an assistant coach at the University of California at San Diego. He primarily coached the sprint events and took on the role of the recruiting coordinator. While at UC San Diego, three swimmers training under Kumbier’s wing qualified for the U.S. Swimming Trials. One of the qualifying athletes, Spencer Daily, competed in the NCAA Championship’s 50-yard freestyle and won.
With extensive college experience under his belt, Kumbier served as the head coach for Allegheny College, where it was his task to oversee all aspects of team development and recruiting. Before taking the head coaching job, he served as the assistant coach while leading the recruiting efforts.
Kumbier attended Kenyon College and won the Division-III National Championship three years in a row. He had five qualifying performances in the NCAA postseason in the 100-breaststroke and the 200-breaststroke. He graduated with a BA in mathematics with a minor in Studio Art. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Kumbier attended the University of Missouri, where he earned a master’s of education with an emphasis in counseling psychology and a focus in positive and sport psychology.