Former PHS coach Gumm honored for service

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


BRAD SHUTTER (left), Plymouth head girls basketball coach, and Mike Gumm enjoy time together at Gumm’s recognition night Feb. 1. Gumm was an assistant coach under Shutter for 11 seasons. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke BRAD SHUTTER (left), Plymouth head girls basketball coach, and Mike Gumm enjoy time together at Gumm’s recognition night Feb. 1. Gumm was an assistant coach under Shutter for 11 seasons. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PLYMOUTH – Mike Gumm of Plymouth made a very positive impact on student athletes in the Plymouth School District for 31 years.

Gumm was honored for his teaching and coaching service to the school district at a ceremony Feb. 1 before a Plymouth High School girls basketball game in the PHS gym. He retired from teaching in 2012 and finished coaching last year.

“For the past 26 years, teaching and coaching have been my passion. I feel truly blessed to have spent it here,” said Gumm at the ceremony.

“I’ll always be grateful for the support of the fans, fellow coaches and the community that loyally supports these teams, but most importantly the student-athletes. More than anything I will cherish the relationships I’ve made and the friends.”


MIKE GUMM and wife, Karleen, enjoy his recognition ceremony, held Feb. 1 at the Plymouth High School gym. Mike was honored for his many years of service to the Plymouth School District as a coach and teacher. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MIKE GUMM and wife, Karleen, enjoy his recognition ceremony, held Feb. 1 at the Plymouth High School gym. Mike was honored for his many years of service to the Plymouth School District as a coach and teacher. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke He began coaching and teaching in Plymouth in 1986. Gumm was a very successful PHS girls basketball junior varsity coach for 20 years until he retired after the 2016-17 campaign. He also served as an assistant coach under PHS head girls basketball coach Brad Shutter for 11 seasons.

Gumm’s JV teams won several conference titles. In his final season, the Panthers earned the East Central Conference crown with a 13-1 record and finished 21-1 overall.

“Coach Gumm had 26 years of influencing boys and girls in the city of Plymouth and for that we’re all thankful,” said Shutter at the ceremony.

“Coach Gumm’s teams always played hard and always played smart, and he taught an aggressive style that was fun for the girls. In my first years of coaching the freshman team [in girls basketball at PHS] I asked Mike, ‘Do you always press,’ and he said, ‘Brad, we press as soon as we get off the bus.’

“It was definitely odd not to have Mike on the bench with me this year. There’s no doubt he’ll be missed and what I’ll miss the most is before every game and after the introductions he would always turn to me and always shake my hand andsay,‘Let’sgogetaWtonight.’

“Thank-you Mike for all you have done for me personally and for the PHS girls basketball program and for the school district of Plymouth,” added Shutter.

“Thank-you to the booster club [for PHS girls basketball] for this special evening,” said Gumm.

“Thank-you to everyone who helps make high school athletics possible – the parents, teachers, building staff, coaches and students. I’ve had a great time and a great run.”

Gumm also thanked everyone who attended the ceremony and his family for its support over the years.


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