Bobby Kummer brings 19 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience with him as he enters his second season as an assistant in Beaumont.
Kummer’s first season at LU will be one to remember, as he helped coach the Cardinals to one of the nation’s best single-season turnarounds. After winning a total of seven games in the two previous seasons, Kummer helped coach Big Red to an 11-game turnaround last year. The 15-win campaign more than doubled the team’s overall and conference win total from the two previous seasons.
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 16 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 two newcomers of the year. He was instrumental in signing five top-20 recruiting classes of which 38 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-Star 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. During his second in stop in Charlotte, the 49ers made three postseason appearances, including the 2005 NCAA Championships as a seven seed, had 10 all-conference selections, including a C-USA Player and Defensive Player of the Year, a John Wooden Award finalist (Curtis Withers) and 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.
Brian Burton joined the Lamar University coaching staff in June, 2014, after spending the previous three seasons at Abilene Christian University. Burton brings nearly 11 years of coaching experience to Beaumont, which includes a successful stint in the junior college ranks and one season at Utah.
During his first year in Beaumont he served on a that helped produce one of the nation’s top turnarounds in 2015. The Cardinals won 15 games last season, more than doubling the team’s win total from the previous two years.
For the previous two seasons Burton was an assistant at ACU under head coach Joe Golding. During that time, Burton helped oversee ACU’s transition up to NCAA Division I level. Burton helped produce one of the program’s best seasons in 2011 where the Wildcats quadrupled their conference win total from the previous year.
Burton was named ACU’s recruiting coordinator in his final season in Abilene, where he helped assemble a class that consisted of three top 50 players from the state of Texas. Two of those would continue their playing careers at the next level.
Prior to his stint in Abilene, Burton spent one season as an assistant for player development under Jim Boylen at Utah. During his time in Salt Lake City, Burton was responsible for earning the commitment from one of the top 10 players from the state of Texas.
Burton had five years of coaching experience from the junior college ranks before making the move to the NCAA. He had stops at Richland College, Collin College, Paris Junior College and Midland College before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. Burton left a paper trail of success during his times in the juco ranks. During that time, his schools recorded more than 100 wins (.761 winning percentage), three national rankings, including two in the top 10, and two conference titles.
In addition to the team success, Burton’s players received individual honors for their work on the court. He has helped produce 22 NCAA Division I signees, 17 all-conference selections, two All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.
Burton has also been invited to work at some of the countries more prestigious camps throughout his career, including Point Guard College, Texas Prep Basketball School, Reebok Breakout Camp, Reebok Headliner Camp, Jon Lucas Middle School Combine, Texas Elite Camp, Utah Elite Camp and the Five Star Basketball Camp.
Burton received his bachelor’s from UT Dallas following a standout playing career. A two-year team captain, he led the Division III power to a conference title and set a school record for wins.
Basketball runs deep in the Burton family. He, and his three brothers all played at the collegiate level. Burton’s younger brother, Jason, is currently the women’s head coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Justin Bailey joined the Lamar University men's basketball coaching staff in June after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant at Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Bailey's time at UAFS helped place the Lions in the national spotlight. UAFS posted 23 wins in 2015-16 while advancing to the NCAA Championship tournament. It marked the second time in the past three years Fort Smith had advanced to the postseason.
UAFS won back-to-back Heartland Conference Championships (2012-13 and 2013-14) while Bailey was on staff. The Lions entered the 2014 NCAA tournament ranked 16th nationally.
During his time with the Lions, he helped recruit and produce seven all-conference selections – including two first-team picks – two freshmen of the year, a defensive player of the year and an All-American.
In addition to his time on the court, Bailey also coached the Lions cross country teams at Fort Smith.
Prior to his stay with UAFS, Bailey spent two seasons in Tempe, Ariz., as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona State. Bailey assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program which included overseeing the preseason and postseason individual player workouts. During that time, Bailey worked with five Sun Devils who went on to play professional basketball.
Bailey's coaching career began at the club level where he served as an assistant coach for the Arkansas Sleepers for two seasons before being promoted to head coach in 2006. Bailey joined the college ranks in 2010 when he served as an intern at Texas-Permian Basin for head coach Dwaine Osborne.
Bailey was also a standout on the court during his collegiate career. After helping lead the Lions to the NJCAA title, he transferred to UT-Permian Basin where he garnered All-Heartland Conference honors.
Bailey received his bachelor's from UTPB in May 2010. He graduated with a master's degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State in May 2012.