Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and motivational speaker best known for her role as the breakout star of the hit Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U. Recognized for her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude, Brittany has served as mentor, mother, and disciplinarian to the individuals behind some of college football’s most inspiring success stories.
Throughout her career, Brittany has guided many young men to academic and professional success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. Brittany’s inadvertent stardom led to feature interviews with ABC’s Nightline, The Dan Patrick Show, GQ, The New York Times and The New York Daily News – to name just a few. Prior to filming the documentary series, Brittany spent over fifteen years working with college athletes. During her eight years at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi, she helped over 200 football players academically qualify for nationally respected NCAA Division I schools. All of the students Brittany advised who made it to the NFL also hold college degrees.
Brittany has traveled all over the United States as a motivational speaker. In 2017, she launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils (10KP). Through 10KP, Brittany is able to aid at-risk youth by working individually with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to help them build relationships with these students and better understand and support their emotional, social, and academic needs. In 2019, Brittany launched a non-profit foundation, The Last Chance Foundation. Through LCF, she is better able to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of low socio-economic student athletes, giving them better opportunities for success. Brittany earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Communication and Administration from Mississippi State University. She currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her daughter, Kennedy.