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 2018-2019 school year will also mark the second 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 was also appointed as the head coach for women's basketball for the 2016 season after a successful 2015-16 year as interim head coach. Prior to coaching the women's team, 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 Woodbury and just celebrated their second year of marriage.