He joined Matt Doherty at SMU from Florida Atlantic. Farmer spent one season as the Director of Operations at FAU under Doherty. That season, the Owls went 15-13 including a 14-6 record in Atlantic Sun play, the best in school history. The 15 wins were also five more than FAU had managed in the year prior to their arrival.
He brought seven previous years of Division I experience to the Mustangs, including the season at FAU, the two previous years at Western Illinois and the prior four at Notre Dame.
At Western Illinois, Farmer was a graduate assistant on Derek Thomas' staff. His responsibilities included recruiting, individual workouts, scouting, and assisting with scheduling. His efforts helped in leading the Leathernecks to their best conference finish in six years. The year before, Farmer was the senior manager for the program, where his duties included player instruction, scouting, scheduling, on-campus recruiting, and conditioning.
Prior to his tenure at WIU, Farmer spent fours years as a manager at Notre Dame from 1999-2003. His first year with the Fighting Irish coincided with Doherty's year as head coach. During Farmer's time there, Notre Dame made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet-16. The team also advanced to the championship of the NIT in 2000.
Farmer spent the summer of 2002 working in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He worked extensively on the organization's draft efforts as well as assisted with the team's mini-camp and summer training camp.
Farmer received an undergraduate degree in history from Notre Dame where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.