By Josh Schroeder
McPherson College head women's basketball coach Gordon Reimer has announced that he will retire effective May 1 after five seasons directing the program and 16 in total as a collegiate coach between Central Christian College, Kansas Wesleyan University and McPherson College.
"I have enjoyed my time around the game of basketball," noted Reimer. "The one thing I will always cherish are the friendships of countless players, coaches and administrators. They will be missed, but I intend to watch their careers continue."
"Having a great person like Coach Reimer leading our women's basketball program these last five years has been a blessing," said McPherson College Director of Athletics Andrew Ehling. "He will truly be missed."
Reimer won 54 games while leading the Bulldogs, good for fourth place behind Dr. Doris Coppock (98), Dr. Mel Wright (98) and Paul Graber (71) on McPherson's five-player era victories chart (since 1969-70). On three occasions (2014, 2016, 2018), the Bulldogs qualified for the KCAC Tournament.
He coached three McPherson players to five all-KCAC honors and had three others earn All-KCAC honorable mention, while five individuals were selected to the KCAC's All-Freshman Team. In 2016, Ashton Bruner earned Second Team All-KCAC honors, was named the league's Newcomer of the Year and earned a place on the KCAC All-Defensive Team. The following season, Cami Richardson was named the league's Freshman of the Year in addition to earning placement on the All-KCAC Third Team and the KCAC All-Freshman Team.
In addition, nine student-athletes earned either KCAC or NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors with Bailey Brown earning CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors in 2016 and Richardson earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2018.
"I would like to thank McPherson College and past administrations for giving me the opportunity to follow my dream of coaching college basketball," added Reimer. "The program is in a good place to keep moving forward towards my long-standing goal of a conference championship."
Reimer came to McPherson from Kansas Wesleyan University where he won 140 games, captured two KCAC regular-season and two KCAC tournament crowns and directed three Coyote teams (2009, 2010, 2011) to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. He was also named the 2009 KCAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to his arrival at Kansas Wesleyan, Reimer was an assistant basketball coach and a business instructor at McPherson. He also spent a total of five seasons as head volleyball coach between stints at Central Christian College (2002-2003) and Kansas Wesleyan (2004-2006).
Reimer earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University.
An avid golfer and fisherman, Reimer will now have more time to devote to those pursuits. "His fishing stories are priceless and now he'll have time to go create more stories," added Ehling. "I wish him a very happy and relaxing retirement."
A national search for Reimer's successor is underway.