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Former Standout Eric Brunner Added to ISU Football Staff

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[June 04, 2014]  NORMAL - Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack filled out his staff Monday with the hiring announcement of former standout defensive lineman Eric Brunner as the team’s Director of Football Operations.

In his new role, Brunner is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, handling team logistics, team schedules, team travel, practice preparation, overseeing the football budget as well as supervising the Redbirds’ recruiting efforts and support staff.

“Like a lot of former players, Eric missed the game and wanted to get back involved on the coaching side,” Spack said. “He was excited to get in on the ground level and learn the profession from the administrative side first. He is very smart, understands the game of football and is great with numbers, coming from his work in accounting. As a player, Eric was a very detail-oriented guy, and that will suit him well in this role. It’s a great fit for us, and his pride and passion for Illinois State will show through in his day-to-day duties.”

Brunner graduated from Illinois State with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in December of 2011. He then went on to work for Deloitte in Milwaukee for two years and later for KPMG in Chicago.

During his playing career, Brunner was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection and MVFC All-Academic First-Team Selection. The Greendale, Wis., native started in the final 33-consecutive games of his career at defensive tackle for the Redbirds and recorded 176 tackles, 12 sacks and 32.5 tackles-for-loss in his four-year career from 2008-11.

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As a senior in 2011, Brunner was the leader of the Redbird defense which led the conference in total defense (294.8 ypg). One of four team captains, he set career highs with 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss, which tied for fifth in the conference and ranked third on the team with 55 tackles. He also added a forced fumble, blocked a kick, recovered three fumbles, broke up two passes and tallied three quarterback hurries.

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