Gilman School Announces New Co-Directors of Athletics Program

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Headmaster Henry P. A. Smyth announced today that Lori Bristow and Russell Wrenn ’96 will serve together as Gilman’s next directors of athletics, effective July 1. Their vast and varied experience, combined with their deep ties both to Gilman and to Baltimore-area athletics, make Bristow and Wrenn a formidable team to guide Gilman athletics well into the future.

Lori Bristow holds a B.S. and an M.Ed. from Salisbury State College. She joined the Gilman community in 1986, assuming a wide range of roles throughout the years: head athletic trainer, assistant director of athletics, associate director of athletics, and director of sports medicine. She is currently serving as interim director of athletics. In addition to teaching physical education and health classes at Gilman she has shared her expertise more broadly as a consultant in the field of sports medicine. A member of the Halls of Fame for both the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Maryland Athletic Trainers’ Association (in the first class of women to be recognized), Bristow has received numerous awards and has served on a host of committees and associations.

After graduating from Gilman in 1996, Russell Wrenn earned a B.A., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law. A football and baseball player at Washington and Lee University, he began his post-collegiate life as a college football and baseball coach, first as an assistant in both sports at Dickinson College and Johns Hopkins University and later as the head baseball coach at Dickinson. At The Westminster Schools in Atlanta he served as a teacher, grade chair, and coach. He was recognized as the Georgia State Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015, the same year that the Wildcats won the state football championship. As the head varsity baseball coach, he led that team to a Georgia state championship in 2016 and received too many baseball coaching awards to list. Wrenn gained administrative experience as seventh and eighth grade boys’ chair and as a member of the middle school leadership team. He also spent a year as an associate in an Atlanta law firm. Wrenn returned to Gilman in the summer of 2016 to serve as assistant director of athletics, Upper School English teacher, and assistant football and baseball coach.

After a sabbatical, long-time Athletic Director Timothy Holley, Jr. ’77 will return to Gilman in the fall and shift his focus to external affairs.

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Edited from Press Release

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