Track & Field at Friends University
In January 2020, Henry took the reins of Friends University Track & Field teams. Since his arrival, the programs have risen from consistent KCAC conference title contenders to having a name in the national championship conversation. The women’s program has won KCAC titles in 2020, 2021, and 2022, breaking numerous school and conference records and earning a Top-4 NAIA finish at the 2021 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The men’s program won the KCAC title in 2021 after a 5-year drought while also establishing several school and conference records and maintaining a regular spot in the NAIA Top-20 national rankings, peaking as high as #4 in 2022 – the best ranking in program history. During this time, the USTFCCCA has named 2 Friends University track & field athletes to be NAIA Regional Athletes of the Year. Coach Brun has also been honored by both the KCAC and the USTFCCCA on a number occasions, being named the KCAC Coach of the Year in 2022 and the South Central Regional Coach of the Year in 2020 and 2021.
Prior to his tenure at Friends University, Brun spent 2015-2019 at Benedictine College (KS) where he served as the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field developing a program to conference and national relevance. Under his leadership the women’s program claimed the 2016 Heart of America Indoor T&F conference title and went on to finish 11th at the 2016 NAIA Indoor T&F Championships, led by the national title in the women’s 4x800m relay. The men’s program won the Heart of America XC team title in 2018 and made steady improvement to become a top-tier program in the conference. In addition to the overall team success, Brun’s stint at Benedictine included 2 NAIA Regional Athletes of the Year, 16 All-Americans and the National Champion and 42 Academic All-Americans.
Brun competed in Track & Field at Alma College (Michigan), where he was a 3x MIAA Conference Champion and a 2007 NCAA All-American in the Triple Jump.