Bryan Lenz was named WashU's first Director of Recreation on May 1, 2015. Lenz also carries the title of Associate Director of Athletics and serves as a member of the senior leadership team in the Department of Athletics.
In his role, Lenz will spearhead the creation and development of a comprehensive recreational sports and campus fitness unit that provides the WashU campus community with opportunities focusing on wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. He will have ultimate oversight of roughly 40 intramural sports, 40 sport clubs, and campus fitness and recreation programming and educational opportunities for all students and staff members.
Lenz has contributed to the final design of the Sumers Recreation Center and is leading efforts to plan for its grand opening in October 2016. He will program the new space, along with the university’s existing indoor and outdoor recreational spaces, for use by 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and 13,000 faculty and staff members. Lenz will oversee a professional staff that will support this exciting opportunity for the WashU campus.
Lenz arrived on the Danforth campus after spending ten years at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He served as the Director for Recreation for three years (2012-15), and he also spent time as the Associate Director (2011-12), Assistant Director for Sports and Competition (2007-11), and Coordinator for Sports and Competition (2005-07).
As the lead administrator for Pacific Recreation, Lenz provided leadership in all areas of programming and facilities management including recreational sports, sport clubs, informal recreation, fitness and adventure day trips.
He managed the operations for three competition fields, two shared-use multi-purpose gymnasiums, and a comprehensive student fitness center. Lenz contributed to the planning of the Janssen-Lagorio multi-purpose gymnasium that is shared by Athletics and Recreation at Pacific, and he supervised full-time staff members, graduate assistants and part-time sport club coaches.
Lenz earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration-general management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2005, and a master’s degree in Sports Sciences-Sport Management from Pacific in 2011.
He is a member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) and RCRSP (Registry for Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals), and is a Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid certified instructor.