Brian Brunner joins the MWQB Camp staff boasting a career that includes playing and evaluating the quarterback position at the highest level.
A three-year letter winner and captain at Central Michigan University, Brunner was part of two-Mid-American Conference championship teams and played in three Motor City Bowls during his tenure with the Chippewas. In 2008, Brunner earned MAC West Player of the Week honors twice and was also named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his school-record breaking 485 yard performance in a win over Indiana. Brunner also earned a “helmet sticker” from Reece Davis for his part in a 38-28 win over archrival Western Michigan.
A standout off the field as well, Brunner was a two time Academic All-MAC performer and was designated a National Football Foundation Hampshire Society member in 2008. In 2009, he was named as the first ever recipient of the NCAA’s Jim McKay Award. In 2009 Brunner was also named as a Strength and Conditioning All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
After leaving CMU, Brunner spent a summer as a scouting intern for the Green Bay Packers working alongside and learning from current Packers General Manager Ted Thompson as well as three other current NFL GMs. He then went on to follow in the footsteps of MWQB Camp Director Rob Slavens by playing for the Schwaebisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League.
Brunner has had the privilege of learning under some of the game’s finest coaches at various points in his career. As a two-time all-state quarterback at Hartford High School, he played for his father, WFCA Hall of Fame Member and current WFCA Executive Director Dan Brunner. At Central Michigan, Brunner played for two of the profession’s rising stars, current Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly and current Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones. Overseas, he had the unique privilege of playing for Sigi Gehrke, the head coach of the two-time GFL Champion Schwaebisch Hall Unicorns. Brunner also worked alongside WFCA Hall of Fame Coach Jeff Trickey as a member of his quarterback camp staff for eight years.
Brian is currently a member of South Dakota State University’s Athletic Administration as the Assistant Athletic Director-Annual Giving. He and his fiancée Melanie Meidl reside in Brookings, South Dakota.