Glen Rock has hired a new Recreation Director who states, “I am all in. I am ready and happy to serve the residents of Glen Rock.”
Bryan started his career as a science teacher. During the summer months, he oversaw the lake at the Wyckoff YMCA. After 2 years, he was asked to become a full time employee in the aquatics department. He then became the Aquatic Director for the Wyckoff YMCA for 12 years. before he came to Glen Rock.
Bryan also has a large background of endurance sports, running triathlons, and being involved in the Oakland rec. programs. One of the favorite things about being involved in the rec. programs, is coaching his 3 kids. Bryan explained why its a favorite. “It’s been fun for me to be involved with with my kids lives in a way that integrates their classmates too.” By doing this, it has also helped him to appreciate and understand the, the struggles that families have with youth sports and the difficulties that go into, into those programs.
Why did he apply for the Recreation Director position? Per Bryan, “ I thought that it sounded like a perfect fit. I was ready for a change.”
Bryan has been working closely with Council President Mary Barchetto, Councilwomen Jill Orlich, and Teresa Gilbreath on senior events and programing. While we talked about the empty nesters Cocktail hour, he mentioned that, “Many seniors are new to being seniors. We need to listen to what they are, and older seniors, are interested in” This and other niche demographic groups are things he wants to look at and possibly create programing to help them feel comfortable and provide opportunities.
When asked about Bryan, Councilwoman Jill Orlich, Park and Recreation liaison, stated, “The Mayor and Council are thrilled to have Bryan join us as Recreation Director. He brings a broad range of knowledge and experience, and also a real commitment to public service and helping our residents. His dedication and ideas will help us to keep Glen Rick’s recreational facilities and programming the best it can be.”
Banana Tree did ask him about a few pool questions including swim lessons and pre / post season daily lap swim. Bryan confirmed several have reached out to him about the lap swim and is looking into why it was not offered and will gladly look into solutions to be able to offer these next season.
Welcome to Glen Rock Bryan McDonnell. Banana Tree News looks forward to working with you.