Kern County has produced many track and field standouts in the throws events, and Semar has played a pivotal role in those athletes' success. Semar, a private and pro bono coach since 1992, has coached numerous athletes who have excelled at the international and national levels, including Olympic Games, Olympic Trials, Pan American Games, World Championships and the USA Track and Field Championships.
Semar is the only coach in American history to have coached a mother and daughter who both threw the discus more than 200 feet, and he's one of only two Americans who have coached three women who have thrown the discus more than 200 feet.
He was the head girls track coach at Bakersfield High from 1988-91 where he led the Drillers to two state championships. He was also the BHS boys throws coach in 1980 and 1988-91. Seven of his athletes those years combined to win 15 individual state championships and 11 of his athletes combined to win 29 medals at state meets. Five of his athletes combined to have seven undefeated individual seasons vs. CIF competition.
Semar, who was also the throws coach at Cal State Bakersfield from 1980-87, has won numerous coach of the year honors. He has also coached athletes after their high school and college careers. Two of those athletes have combined to win seven Masters World Championships.
Semar graduated from Wasco High in 1974, where he was coached by Andy Darby, and then attended CSUB where he competed for coach Charlie Craig. Semar was CSUB's first conference track champion, in the hammer, and became CSUB's first track All-American when he placed sixth in the hammer at the Division II national championships in 1979.