One of the really good guys in the coaching profession announced his retirement today.
Gordon Reimer, who has spent the last five years as women’s basketball coach at McPherson College, will now devote more time to his family, not to mention his golf clubs and fishing pole.
This past season completed a long coaching stint for Reimer, who also served at Central Christian College before making his mark in the profession at Kansas Wesleyan.
Reimer spent eight years at the Salina KCAC school, winning 140 games and losing 105. What makes that record more impressive is that his first four teams were just 42-75, but the next four years he won 98 games and lost only 30.
His highlight season was 2010-11 when the Coyotes won 31 games, captured the KCAC championship and won a game at the national tournament before losing in the second round.
Reimer’s last KW team in 2011-12 went 18-13, but he stepped away from coaching for a year.
The McPherson job was ideal for him. His first two teams produced only 14 wins, but the Bulldogs won 40 games over the next three years, including this season’s 14-16 record as there’s been gradual improvement.
Mac was a tough-luck team the last couple of years, often playing the top teams close but more often than not losing close decisions. KCAC champion Friends certainly knew how capable the Bulldogs were this year, including a narrow one-point Falcon win in the first meeting at Wichita.
Reimer’s final ledger of 54-93 at Mac probably wasn’t what he had envisioned, given the success he enjoyed at Wesleyan. But he recruited well, had teams that were stellar in the classroom and were good citizens.
Reimer succeeded Cy Rolfs as head coach. His first year was interesting from the standpoint that he basically got the job as school started, so none of the players were his recruits.
He was able to recruit locally and in the area, as players like Ashton Bruner of McPherson and Cami Richardson from nearby Hesston were cornerstones for his team. He also recruited Texas and uncovered some gems, such as Kristina Battle, Sonerka White and Brittany Roberts.
Whomever takes the job will have a team with a good foundation. Reimer’s team this year included only two seniors and some of the better young talent in the KCAC.
He’s definitely left the program in good shape. I really hope the Mac administration moves quickly to fill the void because the longer the job is open, recruiting suffers. Reimer’s last team wasn’t that far away from contending with the KCAC elites and if everybody comes back, it should be a playoff qualifier again.
Congratulations to Reimer on his retirement and I’m sure I’ll see him at the golf course more than a few times this summer.