Brian H. Shantz joined Ryerson Athletics and Recreation in February 2010 working in athletics and admissions. As an expert in scouting premiere athletes, supporting families through the recruitment process, and coordinating major development grants, Brian serves as a unique resource to Ryerson University.
As Athletics Coordinator and admission liaison, Brian has helped Ryerson Athletics recruit the highest quality of student athletes, including several OUA and CIS all stars. In 2016 Ryerson was home to twenty nine Academic All Canadians, up from just one in 2010. Also in 2016, Ryerson won its first two OUA championship banners. Brian’s work to recruit academically qualified students has helped position Ryerson as one of the most sought-after universities in North America. Brian has also acted as a member of the Ryerson Athletics and Recreation senior team and was also responsible for special projects under the supervision of the Director of Athletics, Dr. Ivan Joseph.
Brian has an extensive background in admissions. He served as Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at Graceland University in Iowa. Brian has consistently recruited national calibre athletes over his 15 year tenure from over 8 provinces, 42 US states and 10 countries. Brian received many recruiting awards from Graceland. Brian was honored with a national championship ring for his work with the 2006 Men’s soccer team.
Besides his admissions experience, Brian has also excelled in development. While at Graceland University, he spearheaded strategies with major donors and secured a grant for over two million dollars as the primary donor liaison. Brian volunteered on the first Executive Board of Camp Quality in Ontario, where he helped to raise funds for children with cancer and served as Program Director during the first two years of operation. Brian is also experienced in organizational change management, and has performed trainings for offices seeking to improve their culture.
Prior to his experience at Graceland University, Brian managed an automotive business in Kitchener, Ontario. During his 20 year tenure at Parkway Auto Recyclers, he served as President for 15 years and pioneered the digitalization of inventory for several thousand auto parts. Brian received accolades from I-CAR for teaching other automotive associates the skills of automobile repair.
A native of southern Ontario, Canada, Brian excelled in several sports in high school and played baseball at the college level. His first career was in teaching history and geography, while coaching high school football, basketball and track in Iowa and Missouri. He played competitive fastball for over 20 years, winning an Ontario championship in 1980. He coached two minor league fastball teams to Ontario championships in 1980 and 1987. In 1977, Brian served as president of the Tri-County fastball league.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health, and a Master of Science in Higher Education in Collaborative Learning and Teaching from Graceland University.