Duo to officially replace Tim Holley on July 1
When Tim Holley went on sabbatical from his post as Gilman School athletic director late last fall, he left some pretty big shoes to fill. Instead of selecting one individual to fill the void, Gilman has selected two, naming interim athletic director Lori Bristow and Greyhound alum Russell Wrenn as co-Directors of Athletics, earlier this week.
Holley has been affiliated with the school’s athletic program for more than 40 years, first a standout three-sport athlete, as a coach and as AD. Holley not only led the athletic program, he, at one time or another, served as head coach of the varsity baseball, basketball and football programs, as well as several under squad programs.
Bristow served dual roles under Holley as the assistant athletic director and the school’s head athletic trainer and took on the role of acting athletic director when Holley took his leave shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 football season.
In addition to teaching physical education and health classes at Gilman, Bristow 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, 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 numerous baseball coaching awards.
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.
Holley, who stepped into the breach to coach the football program after the departure of long-time coach Biff Poggi, following the 2015 season, rebuilt the Greyhounds in less than two seasons, guiding them to the 2017 MIAA A Conference championship game. He plans to return to Gilman in the fall, serving in a new role in the school’s external affairs department.
Pictured above: New Gilman co-Directors of Athletics Russell Wrenn and Lori Bristow assume their duties officially on July 1.