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Brian Brunner
Position: Director - Chippewa Athletic Fund
Alma Mater: Central Michigan University
Graduating Year: 2009
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Brian Brunner
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 05/02/2013

Former Chippewa student-athlete Brian Brunner joined the Central Michigan University Athletics Department as its Assistant Director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund in November 2010 and was promoted to CAF Director in 2013.

Brunner is now responsible for overseeing the annual fundraising efforts of the Chippewa Athletic Fund. Along with a staff of two, he will manage the Chippewa Club, 1100 Club and Chippewa Champions programs, the Chippewa Challenge Golf Outing and provide oversight for all annual fundraising campaigns.

During his time as a member of the CAF team, Brunner played a key role in two million-dollar plus annual fundraising campaigns including a record-breaking 2011-12 where the Chippewa Athletic Fund raised $1.28 million in annual funds for CMU Athletics.

As a 2004-08 quarterback, Brunner knows first-hand how the CMU community's generosity has a direct, positive impact on the lives of student-athletes.

"We are very appreciative of the internal and external donors who believe in what we are here to accomplish and I know from my own experience just how important their support is to our student-athletes,” he said.

During his playing career, Brunner appeared in 21 games and was named a captain in 2008. He earned MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors three times earning an ESPN Helmet Sticker for his performance against Western Michigan in 2008. He was also named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week after a record-breaking performance against Indiana in 2008. Brunner threw for 485 yards and four touchdowns leading the Chippewas to a 37-34 upset of the Hoosiers. He was named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American in 2009.

A former journalism major, Brunner was a member both the CMU and Mid-American Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He was named Academic All-MAC in 2006 and 2008 and was a member of the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.

In 2008 he received the prestigious Bill Boyden Leadership Award recognizing a student-athlete who displays an outstanding commitment to athletics, academics and community service and who will be an exemplary representative of CMU.

In 2009, Brunner was the named as the first ever male recipient of the NCAA's Jim McKay award which honors one graduating student-athlete for outstanding academic achievement and the potential to make a major impact on the sport communication industry.

Prior to his return to CMU, Brunner played internationally for the Schwaebisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League and compiled a blog for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called "Playing for Schnitzel" detailing his time overseas.

Brunner graduated summa cum laude in 2009 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with minors in English and sport studies. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Administration in Public Administration from CMU.