Meet Joshua Bruning, a 2009 Western graduate who is using his Exercise and Sport Science degree as a Operations Assistant with the Denver Broncos.
I graduated from Western in May 2009. I played tight end for the football team at Western all four years that I was there and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. When I first got to Western I wanted to be a Physical Education teacher and football coach. About mid-way through my sophomore year I became very interested in the business side of things within sports, and realizing that football was going to be over for me after Western, I wanted to take the right steps toward being in or around sports in my life after college. I decided to get my degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Sport and Fitness Management and a minor in Business Administration.
I chose to attend Western for a few of reasons. The first reason was the location. The fact that I could stay in state and be completely surrounded by the mountains was huge. The campus is amazing and has continued to improve even since I graduated. Also the class sizes really interested me too, because they were small enough to have more one on one time with professors. Being able to get to know my professors and classmates who were all in the same emphasis was helpful.
I enjoyed all of my time at Western and took advantage of all the opportunities surrounding Gunnison too. It was great to be able to finish up class or get done with football practice and go fishing, hiking, snowboarding or shooting. In my free time I like to golf, fish, hunt, snowboard, camp, hike and spend time with family and friends.
My favorite thing about Gunnison is that small town environment. I miss Gunnison sometimes, especially when I’m stuck in the awesome Denver rush hour traffic. The town is definitely laid back compared to Denver and it’s surrounded by so many things to do outdoors. The people of Gunnison are very friendly and helpful as well.
After the 2009 football season I became the Operations Intern for the Broncos for the 2010 Season and traveled with the team for every game and was given more responsibility around the facility as well as on the road. All of this eventually landed me my full time position that I have now with the Broncos as the Operations Assistant.
My department is responsible for all the logistics for the team which manages team travel, our Dove Valley facility which is the headquarters for the team and training camp.
During both home and away games I work in the coach booth assisting our video crew with the prints. During the game we take a couple of pictures of every single play that happens, there is a pre-snap picture and a post-snap picture. We do this for all 3 phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams. After the series is over I staple the stack of pictures and get it to the coach who needs them so that they can compare and make adjustments with the coaches and players down on the field during the game.
I have to give credit to all my professors that helped me out along the way. In particular Ashwin Patel, Christina Buchanan and Kathleen Kinkema. I couldn’t have done it without them.