Brian Diemer
Brian Diemer
Title: Head Coach
City: Grand Rapids
Phone: (616) 526-6943
Email: bdiemer@calvin.edu
Year Men's MIAA Men's NCAA Women's MIAA Women's NCAA
1986 2nd - 49 points  --    
1987 1st - 19 points  13th - 315 points    
1988 1st - 20 points  6th - 234 points    
1989 1st - 22 points  3rd - 153 points    
1990 1st - 22 points  9th - 271 points    
1991 1st - 22 points  15th - 333 points    
1992 1st - 19 points  --    
1993 1st - 15 points  6th - 192 points    
1994 1st - 19 points  6th - 173 points    
1995 1st - 19 points  7th - 223 points    
1996 1st - 34 points  6th - 200 points    
1997 1st - 21 points  6th - 237 points    
1998 1st - 16 points  2nd - 122 points    
1999 1st - 33 points  4th - 164 points    
2000 1st - 15 points  1st - 65 points    
2001 1st - 19 points  2nd - 140 points    
2002 1st - 18 points  2nd - 122 points    
2003 1st - 15 points  1st - 48 points    
2004 1st - 15 points  1st - 107 points    
2005 1st - 15 points  2nd - 117 points    
2006 1st - 17 points  1st - 37 points 1st - 15 points 3rd - 149 points
2007 1st - 15 points  4th - 214 points 1st - 19 points 4th - 199 points
2008 1st - 18 points  5th - 239 points 1st - 28 points 2nd - 237 points
2009 1st - 15 points  13th - 385 points 1st - 15 points 3rd - 195 points
2010 1st - 19 points  8th - 277 points 1st - 31 points 9th - 354 points
2011 1st - 18 points  11th - 352 points 2nd - 46 points 13th - 399 points
2012 1st - 20 points 2nd - 88 points 1st - 26 points 18th - 413 points
2013 1st - 28 points 27th - 589 points 1st - 19 points 7th - 309 points
2014 1st - 42 points 21st - 522 points 1st - 27 points 9th - 280 points
2015 1st - 20 points 23rd - 532 points 2nd - 47 points 30th - 701 points
2016 1st - 27 points 19th - 468 points 2nd - 45 points 9th - 347 points
2017 1st - 22 points 12th - 353 points 2nd - 66 points 31st - 672 points

Brian Diemer has been at Calvin as men's cross country coach since the fall of 1986. In 2006 he added responsibilities as Calvin's head women's cross country coach.

The University of Michigan graduate was a state champion in the mile as a high school runner at South Christian. He competed in the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track seasons as a scholarship runner at Michigan. As a senior, he was the Big Ten and NCAA Division I steeplechase champion, the event which propelled him to the 1984 Olympics and a bronze medal. Diemer finished fourth in the steeplechase at the 1987 World Championships and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 and 1992 but did not medal at either Olympics. In 1989 he won the Glen Cunningham Award, presented annually to the top distance runner in the United States of America.

In 1992, he captained the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team. Diemer was the gold medallist in the steeplechase at the 1990 Goodwill Games and won the silver medal in the steeplechase in the 1995 Pan American games in Argentina. Diemer also won the silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1995 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Diemer continues to organize and compete in a number of road races in the West Michigan area and competed at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in the steeplechase.

Diemer has been named Great Lakes Regional Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year 17 times in the last 20 years. He was named the Great Lakes Regional Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2000, 2003 and 2004 he was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in men's cross country after leading the Knights to the national championship. Diemer was then named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading the Knights to their fourth national title. Diemer also is a member of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame.

While at Calvin, Diemer has led the Calvin men's cross country team to 31 MIAA titles, 24 Great Lakes Regional crowns, 11 top-four national finishes, four national runner-up berths and four national titles. With 31 league titles under his leadership, Diemer is the winningest coach in MIAA men's cross country history. Diemer has also led the Calvin women's cross country teams to eight MIAA titles, eight Great Lakes Regional crowns and four top-four national finishes. With a total of 39 combined MIAA titles under his watch, Diemer is ranked number-one on the all-time MIAA coaches list for championships won. 

Calvin's teams have also excelled in the classroom during Diemer's tenure, earning team All-Academic honors from the College Cross Country Coaches Association of America for the 19 of the last 20 years. In addition, Diemer has coached 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. 

Diemer and his wife, Kerri, have four children: Kelsey, Kaitlin, McKenzie, and Matthew.