After several years of experience working with North Central recreation & wellness and the NCU fitness center as a student, Paul Brunner enters his third year as the assistant director of recreation & wellness, overseeing intramurals, the fitness center, outdoor adventures, and wellness programming. The 2017-2018 school year will mark the first year in which Brunner will manage athletic gameday staffing and operations.
Brunner graduated from NCU in 2014 with a degree in communication arts. An avid basketball fan, he was a four-year starter and the all-time leading scorer at Christian Life School (Farmington, Minn.). Despite being recruited to play in college, Brunner had to end his playing career due to a head injury. He has since turned his passion for basketball into a coaching career, working with the Timberwolves/Lynx Basketball Academy to run clinics and small group training. Additionally, he has umpired baseball and officiated basketball at the youth level for the last nine years.
Brunner has also been appointed as the head coach for women's basketball for the 2016 season after a successful 2015-16 year as interim head coach. Prior he spent two years as an assitant coach with the men's basketball team. He is passionate about working out and nutrition.
Brunner and his wife, Abby, live in Woodburry and just celebrated their second year of marriage.