Gumbart became the fourth full-time Commissioner of the ASUN Conference in January 2007. He began his service with the conference, then known as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC), in 1991 as its first Assistant Commissioner. He was promoted to Associate Commissioner in 1997, and to Senior Associate Commissioner in 2004.
In his roles over 28 years with ASUN, Gumbart has overseen the championships program and its most recent expansion to include Beach Volleyball and Women’s Lacrosse. He also directed the ASUN marketing program and all ASUN business administration operations. He coordinated the development of the first ASUN syndicated television package, the first conference-wide digital network - ASUN.TV, and led the move to become the first collegiate conference with 100% campus-based ESPN production capabilities. Gumbart has managed the ASUN IT systems, developed the first conference website, directed conference sports scheduling, and implemented multiple ASUN officiating programs.
Over the past few years, key ASUN initiatives under Gumbart’s leadership include the expansion of ASUN Women’s Lacrosse into a two-conference partnership with the Southern Conference, the signing of a football agreement with the Big South Conference, and, subsequent to the football deal, the addition of the University of North Alabama to the ASUN. The most recent membership activity includes the addition of Liberty University for 2018-19 and the admission of Bellarmine University (Louisville, Kentucky) beginning July 1, 2020. The ASUN and SEC have partnered in officiating and now share programming, educational materials and coordinators in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball. The ASUN inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2015, accompanied by the launch of the virtual hall of fame site, www.asunhalloffame.org. In the spring of 2016 the ASUN debuted a new logo and branding campaign, launched through student-athletes on social media.
Gumbart’s extensive national committee service includes multiple NCAA and CCA appointments.
Current posts include:
NCAA Division I Council (2019 - present)
NCAA Competition Oversight Committee (2019 - present)
NCAA Baseball Umpire Program, Communication Team, Chair (2016-present)
CCA22, Executive Committee, Treasurer (2016-present)
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, President (2007-present)
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Invitation Tournament (CIT), Selection Committee (2017-present)
NACDA, IAAA Mentor Program (2018-present)
Other service roles while an ASUN staff member include:
NCAA Beach Volleyball Committee (2015-2019)
Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA),President (2015-17)
Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), Executive Vice President (2013-15)
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, Executive Director (2007-2015)
Women’s College Basketball Officiating LLC, Board of Managers (2010-2013)
NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) (2009-13), Chair (2011-13)
Collegiate Commissioner Association, DI Vice President (2008-09)
NCAA Management Council (2003-07)
Legislative Review Subcommittee
NCAA Championships and Competition Cabinet (1997-2002)
Certified Events Subcommittee
Nominating Subcommittee (chair)
The ASUN was one of the four founding conferences of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, now the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association. Gumbart was instrumental in the organization of the league in 2007, and its 2015 expansion to sponsor Beach Volleyball. He served as its Executive Director during the league’s first eight years and still serves as the CCSA President, a role he has held since the conference’s formation.
Prior to joining the ASUN staff, he worked at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., from 1985-1991. He served as a graduate assistant in the sports information office his first two years while earning his master’s degree. He served as full-time assistant SID in 1987-88 and was promoted to director in 1988. Gumbart taught undergraduate marketing and consumer behavior courses as an adjunct professor in Stetson’s Business School. He served two seasons as information director for the New South Women's Athletic Conference, which later merged with the ASUN (then TAAC) in 1991.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business at Lafayette College (1984), and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Stetson University (1987). He is an Accredited Public Relations Professional, earned from the Florida Public Relations Association (1991) and he completed the Strategic Negotiation Skills training program at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law (2014).
Gumbart and his wife Mary Beth were married in 1993, and they have a daughter, Taylor, born in 2005.