Dr. Brian Hortz begins his 23rd year at Denison University in 2017-18. In addition to his on-field work with Denison athletes, Hortz serves as an associate professor in the university's Physical Education department and athletic training major. In 2013 he was promoted to assistant athletic director and in 2017 that title was upgraded to associate athletic director.
In 2008-09, Hortz was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year which was awarded by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is the second Denison athletic trainer to receive the coveted award from the OATA. His mentor, Dale Googins, was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1986. Hortz received the award thanks to his outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training at the state and national level. He has also excelled in the classroom through authored publications, presentations and in his preparation of future athletic trainers. In 2018, the OATA recognized Hortz once again by inducting him into the organization's Hall of Fame.
A native of nearby Heath, Ohio, Hortz graduated from Heath High School in 1990. Hortz's interest in sports medicine began when he was an undergraduate at Denison where he graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation from DU, Hortz pursued a master's degree in sports medicine from Ohio University while spending one year as the head athletic trainer at Crooksville High School. Hortz continued his post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in exercise science with an emphasis in health education.
Hortz's primary responsibilities at Denison University include the supervision and instruction of student athletic trainers, both in and out of the classroom, as a professor in Denison's department of athletics, physical education and recreation, as well as administrating the health, exercise and sport studies program at Denison.
Included among Hortz's professional affiliations are membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is also an active member of several Denison University committees.
Hortz and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Worthington with their son, William.