Following a successful 2015-2016 season as interim head coach, Paul Brunner has officially been named the permanent head coach of the Rams women's basketball program. During his first season at the helm, Brunner's team won a National Christian College Athletic Association North Central Region Championship and finished fifth at the NCCAA National Tournament.
Prior to taking over the women's program, Brunner spent two seasons serving as an assistant for the men's basketball coaching staff. A 2014 graduate of North Central, he has a degree in communication arts and several years of experience working with NCU recreation & wellness and the NCU fitness center.
In his prep basketball career, Brunner 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 and high school levels for the last 10 years.
Brunner serves as the assistant director of recreation and wellness at North Central, where he oversees intramurals, the fitness center, outdoor adventures, and wellness programming, as well as overseeing gameday operations for North Central University athletics.
Brunner and his wife, Abby, live in Woodbury and just celebrated the birth of their son Miles.