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With more than a decade’s worth of combined experience at the NCAA and NJCAA levels, Brittany Wagner is in her eighth year on the East Mississippi Community College athletic administrative staff. After spending four previous years in the dual role of EMCC’s athletic advisor and head cheerleading coach, Wagner is in her fourth year in a specialized role as the department’s athletic instructional advisor and compliance assistant.
As East Mississippi’s athletic instructional advisor, Wagner is responsible for monitoring the academic well-being of the school’s student-athletes. In acting as a liaison between the EMCC faculty, student-athletes and coaches, she assists in course selection and also monitors the daily academic progress of all student-athletes on the Scooba campus.
In her expanded role as the department’s compliance assistant, Wagner also works closely with EMCC’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Randall Bradberry, regarding athletic compliance issues involving the school’s student-athletes.
EMCC’s athletic teams have achieved tremendous classroom success during Wagner’s association with the college. This past academic year for the fourth time in the last six seasons, East Mississippi earned the distinction of having four sports collect NJCAA All-Academic Team honors for compiling team grade point averages of 3.00 or better. EMCC’s softball program has headlined the college’s recent academic prowess by claiming back-to-back NJCAA Softball Academic Team of the Year accolades during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years for having the nation’s top composite team grade point average among two-year softball programs. In addition this past year, all six MACJC-affiliated EMCC sports programs collected Academic All-State team recognition for the sixth consecutive year.
Individually under Wagner’s academic supervision, East Mississippi has totaled 39 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award recipients and 81 MACJC Academic All-State selections during the past three academic years combined.
Another academic highlight came under Wagner’s watch when EMCC claimed the prestigious 2010-11 Halbrook Award for posting state-best 98 percent graduation and completion rates among Mississippi’s 15 two-year colleges.
Within the Scooba campus, Wagner was selected to be a member of East Mississippi Community College’s 2012-13 Leadership Class.
On the national level, Wagner is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). She previously served as N4A’s national chairperson for the two-year college committee.
Having earned her bachelor’s degree in sport communication and her master’s in sports administration from Mississippi State, Wagner previously spent four years as an athletic academic counselor at her alma mater. As director of all study hall/tutorial services, she handled the scheduling and monitoring of all athletic academic tutoring sessions as well as managing the hiring, training and evaluation of tutors for NCAA compliance. She also served as the liaison between MSU’s athletic academic department and the faculty in the monitoring of the student-athletes’ academic progress and class attendance.
Upon earning her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State in 2000, Wagner spent two years at Jacksonville State (Ala.) University serving as head cheerleading coach and as an assistant to JSU’s associate athletic director for external affairs. In addition to overseeing all aspects of Jacksonville State’s varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads, she handled all correspondence between JSU’s athletic department and the school’s individual donors.
A native of Clinton, Miss., Wagner has one daughter, Kennedy Grier.