GAC partners with “Last Chance U” star Wagner on academic counseling

GAC Communications
Eric Moyer, Associate Commissioner for Communications

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. —The GAC announced it will team with 10 Thousand Pencils Consulting to present a pair of seminars keyed upon helping member institutions increase student-athlete graduation rates, particularly for two-year transfers. Brittany Wagner, who operates 10,000 Pencils, will lead these seminars.

Brittany Wagner. Photo provided.

Brittany Wagner. Photo provided.

Wagner, who played a feature role on the Netflix documentary ‘Last Chance U” for her work counseling student-athletes at East Mississippi, has started her new company to share her passion for helping at risk student-athletes succeed academically.  She has contracted with several major Division I programs. The Great American Conference serves as her first Division II client.

“We are excited to work with Brittany and 10 Thousand Pencils this fall,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “Her ideas and passion for boosting student-athlete academic performance are a perfect for the GAC’s and Division II’s commitment to providing graduation opportunities.  I can’t wait to see what she shares with our staffs during these sessions this fall.”

The sessions will have three focus areas: Best Practices, Motivating the Motivator, and Dealing with At Risk Athletes.

“My partnership with the Great American Conference excites me tremendously!” Wagner said. “The leaders of this conference have a concern for the success of their student-athletes and they are taking the necessary steps to equip their member schools with the tools needed for academic success. This is a huge step in the right direction and an exciting partnership!”

About 10 Thousand Pencils

Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and life coach. She was the “mother” to the most dominant junior college football program in the United States – the East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) Lions. Brittany spent eight years on the EMCC athletic administrative staff where she was responsible for monitoring the academic well-being of the school’s 200 student-athletes. EMCC’s athletic teams achieved tremendous classroom success during Wagner’s association with the college. Using her experience and the engagement created by the show, Brittany has launched her own student-athlete & college consulting company, 10 Thousand Pencils, that will work to help students & schools all over the United States.