As a fellow coach in Michigan City I’ve known Tim Bumber for years. I admire his coaching skills. He can help you become a better runner. - Hal Higdon, Coach and Runner's World Contributor
Coach Bumber was my high school coach, which had arguably been my most successful period of running career. After college, I struggled to find consistency in my training and I contacted him in hopes he would coach me towards my biggest goal: to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. Only 3 months after changing my training, I dropped 10 minutes from my marathon time, running 2:38:39, and achieving my dream. Since July 2015 I have PR'd in every distance from 4k to marathon. - Anna Weber, Olympic Trials Qualifier 2016 and 2020
In July of 2012, I pinned a tiara on my head and slogged through a neighborhood 5k. I knew I enjoyed running and athletics generally, and I made enough progress that first year to satisfy my competitive bug and keep running. Over the next three years, I made incremental progress, slowly chipping away at my times in the 5k through half marathon. In pursuit of a BQ in 2017, I enlisted the help of a coach for the first time and finally caught a glimpse of what it felt like to fiercely toe the line. Unfortunately, a femoral shaft stress reaction landed me on crutches and rendered me unable to race Boston 2018. In fact, I jogged only a handful of miles over the three months leading up to a very cautious return-to-run plan in February 2018. But I returned with a sense of urgency and a drive that could only be met by a coach who understood my competitive mindset, dedication to racing, and intent to pursue goals I never thought possible. Over the course of 2018, Coach Bumber transformed both my running and my mindset. I spent 2016 unsuccessfully chasing a sub 21 minute 5k. In 2018, I ran PRs in the 5k, 10k, 12k, and half marathon by significant margins, and chasing a sub 21 minute 5k now feels incredibly foreign. Most importantly, I know Coach Bumber believes in me. This comes through in the workouts he writes, his consistent communication, and demonstrated ability to uncover what he calls my “sneaky talent.” Thanks to Coach Bumber, I am, for the first time, beginning to believe in myself. I’ve stopped scoffing at an aggressive pace or finish time as if it’s something I could never achieve. In one year, Coach Bumber has taken me from marginal gains and crutches to PRs and possibilities.
Coach Bumber's dedication to any athlete is unquestionable. Even if you aren't under his tutelage he will go above and beyond to help. He is there to talk to about athletics and life. He didn't have any responsibility to me when I ran yet he took time to advise me the best he could. He would show me videos of state championship races and advise my stride to help give me any edge against my opponents. I am proud to have been able to learn from him. Even though he wasn't my actual coach, he still kind of was. - Brad Ada, Indiana State 800 m specialist
Demanding! Knowledgeable! Focused! Driven! Caring! Creative! Master Strategist! These are just a few of the terms I apply to coach Tim Bumber. I was blessed to be his athletic director at Rogers High School in the early 90's. Coach did the cross country team and track and kept them at peak level for years. When the last period bell rang and the runners reported for practice, the coach face was there. He was definitely goal oriented not only for the team, he was intensely so with the individuals. His best runner to his least best, he had a rapport of a drill sergeant, mentor, coach, fan and focused leader. If a team member was at 92%, he would demand 93% (actually, he would jump to 95% or 96%). He taught them their best effort was only the beginning. As such, the team/individuals were continually on a program of improvement. I never had a single parent complaint about Coach Bumber. He would have a meeting with the parents and would lay it out and would be brutally honest with them about his demanding training, loyalty to that training and would have contact with parents about what he felt their runner was doing. He was exceptionally loyal to his team members and made sure they had what they needed. It was my job to provide that, and he would inform me of what to get. He was very successful as a coach - he carried that over to his classroom or he carried his excellence in the classroom over to his coaching. Bottom line is Tim Bumber is a class act; a coach I would want my children and grandchildren to have. And yes, he does smile! - Gene Alber, former athletic director, Rogers High School, Michigan City, IN