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Senior academic advisor is also a senior silver medalist

July 30, 2015
Siilver medalist Michael Brouillette (left), gold medalist Dave E. Ortman and bronze medalist Philip Milliman celebrate their high jump victories in the ages 60-64 category.

Silver medalist Michael Brouillette (left), gold medalist Dave E. Ortman and bronze medalist Philip Milliman celebrate their high jump victories in the ages 60-64 category.

Lacey academic advisor Michael Brouillette was a high jumper in high school, clearing 6’4” when he was 6’4” tall and weighed just 156 pounds.

He may have thought he left his track career behind him, but since turning 50, he’s started competing in Senior Games, focusing once again on the high jump after trying a few other events.

Last weekend he outdid himself with a final height of 4’9”, enough to earn a silver medal at the Washington State Senior Games. That height would have tied for fourth in this year’s National Senior Games, so Brouillette has made the 2017 games his next goal.

“I really think we could field a Brandman Team at the 2017 National Senior Games. I’d love to be part of that effort!”

Brouillette wore his Brandman T-shirt while competing, pointing out that he’s now 6’3” and weights 80 more pounds than he did in high school. “It’s not the age that dropped how high I could jump, it’s my weight.”

Brouillette spent more than half his life serving this country in the U.S. Army. In fact, that service that came close to ending his life. In 1976, at just 20 years old, he was wounded when his squadron was ambushed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). He was awarded the Purple Heart, but even after being seriously wounded he was determined to stay in the Army.

“I rose to the rank of sergeant first class (E-7), then went to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. I served a total of 30 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2005,” he said in an interview in November. In addition to his Purple Heart, Brouillette earned a Bronze Star during the Iraq War as the Officer in Charge of opening the airfields for the operation.

Brouillette started at Chapman/Brandman in 2006 as a Veterans Administration work-study employee. In 2007, he was hired full-time to help open the Lacey campus as the academic advisor. He earned his Master of Arts in psychology from Brandman in 2008 and sees clients on the weekend and evenings when he’s not working or teaching for Brandman.

“I’m committing to my students, clients and dropping 40 pounds in the next two years so I can win a medal at the 2017 Senor Games,” he wrote in an email.

Anyone working or attending Brandman interested in competing or helping form a team for the 2017 National Senior Games, should contact him at brouille@brandman.edu .

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