Associate Athletic Director/Athletic Communications
A 13-year veteran of the athletic communications profession, Brian Gunning joined Army's staff in June of 2007. Less than one year later, Gunning was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications, and earned his current title of Associate Athletic Director in August 2010
Gunning serves as the primary media contact for the Army football and men's basketball teams. He will once again serve as the editor for the Army Game Day football program, and is responsible for the graphic design of several of Army's football marketing material, including schedule cards and posters. His 2008 season ticket promotional piece was named Best In Nation, Group II by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.
In his time at West Point, he has been honored with three College Sports Information Directors of America publications contest citations and has seven such honors during his career.
Gunning was the director of athletic media relations at Ohio University for two years prior to his arrival at West Point. He served as the media liaison for the Bobcats' football program and oversaw a four-person staff that provided media relations services to Ohio's entire 20-sport athletic program. His work with Ohio football included promoting the team's first non-special teams All-American since 1968, coordinating the media relations operations for the program's first trip to the Mid-American Conference Championship Game, and providing communications support for the Bobcats' first bowl appearance since 1968.
Gunning worked for five years as an assistant director of athletic communications at Syracuse University, serving as the primary media contact for the Orange's men's soccer, women's basketball and softball programs, in addition to extensive work with the SU football team. He was a member of the Marshall University sports information staff from 1998-2000 and assisted in the publicity campaign for 1999 Heisman Trophy finalist Chad Pennington.
Gunning has also worked a number of postseason events at both the collegiate and professional level. He was a member of Major League Baseball's public relations staff at the 1996 World Series at Yankee Stadium and has provided media relations support at four NCAA Men's Basketball Championships. Gunning has also helped coordinate the communications efforts of five football teams that have participated in postseason bowl games, including Army's trip to the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
A native of Galena, Ill., Gunning attended Ithaca College where he served as a sports information student assistant for two years. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in sports information and communication in 1998. A two-time winner of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Postgraduate Scholarship, Gunning earned a master's degree in health and physical education from Marshall in 2000.
Gunning is a member of CoSIDA and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association. He has served as vice chair of the CoSIDA Scholarship Committee for the past four years.
Gunning resides in nearby Washingtonville, N.Y., with his wife, Christina.