Brittany Wagner is best known for her role in the hit Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U. A nationally respected athletic academic counselor with more than fifteen years of experience, she serves as mentor, mother, and disciplinarian for her students and guides young athletes to academic and professional success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. Her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude with the student athletes of East Mississippi Community College on Last Chance U connected with viewers everywhere, turning her into a break-out star and role model.

Brittany is also a professor of sport management and sport ethics at the University of Montevallo and is a motivational speaker. Since becoming a breakout star, Brittany launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils (10KP), which works with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to aid at-risk youth. 10KP’s mission is to encourage these professionals to build lasting relationships with students and to better understand and support students’ emotional, social, and academic needs. In 2019, Brittany also launched a non-profit, called The Last Chance Foundation (LCF), through which she continues her work as an academic athletic counselor.

A new, scripted television series based on Brittany’s personal and professional life is in the making! Actress Courteney Cox will portray Ms. Wagner in this series. Michael Strahan is an executive producer on the project.


Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life

Do you have a pencil?

Last Chance U’s break-out star Brittany Wagner is back to continue passing along her inspirational advice and motivation. Everyone faces disappointment and setbacks. Everyone makes mistakes and gets lost. No one ever consciously decides to be a failure… but no one is ever truly on their very last chance, either.

In Next Chance You, Brittany’s message is to focus on your next chance instead. Everyone receives new opportunities, chances to start fresh and leap forward. You just need to learn to recognize those opportunities and be willing to put in the time and effort to achieve them. In Next Chance You, anyone, from college students to CEOs, will find empowerment and inspiration, so they can slowly step away from the blame, excuses, and doubt keeping them from pursuing their goals. Whether you’re looking for a new job, leaving a relationship, or deepening your compassion for yourself and others, Brittany will help you to be patient, push past your fears, and become your own solution as you work toward your second chance.

Next Chance You offers a roadmap for moving forward from wherever in life you are now. Brittany’s practical strategies for everyday use, empowering examples from her own life and those she’s counseled, and action items to get you started provide the tools to develop positive daily habits, overcome obstacles, and improve your mindset. There are times in life when everyone feels stuck and needs a do-over — and everyone has what it takes to unlock that second chance.


  • How Brittany found her own second chance on Last Chance U
  • All students should have the full opportunity and motivation to complete school
  • The pencil as the best metaphor for life
  • Attendance in life is mandatory; 5 tips for being your own solution
  • New TV show in the works about Brittany with Courtney Cox and Michael Strahan
  • How Brittany is expanding her message through 10KP and LCF


  • September is Self-Care Month
  • September is Self-Improvement Month
  • October 19 is Evaluate Your Life Day
  • November 14 begins Pursuit of Happiness Week
  • November 17 is World Students Day


“Brittany Wagner stood out on Last Chance U because she passionately fought for the student-athletes she counseled—not just to make grades to maintain eligibility, but to carve a path for a successful life after their playing days were over. She genuinely cares about them as people. Years later, they will tell you that they are better for having known her. In her book Next Chance You, she brings the same grit and determination to help you live your best life.”  —Michael Strahan, co-host, Good Morning America; analyst, Fox NFL Sunday; Pro Football Hall of Famer

“When I saw Brittany Wagner share her unique blend of practical advice and tough love to the student-athletes on Last Chance U, I could tell that she genuinely cared for and believed in them, even if they had lost faith in themselves. I’ve since gotten to know her and can tell you that she is the real deal. Next Chance You, her blueprint for creating a growth mindset, will empower you, encouraging you to put your best foot forward and take advantage of opportunities that come your way.”  —Courteney Cox, actress, producer, and director

Next Chance You is a book chock-full of helpful tips and strategies to help you reach your goals! Brittany and I grew up together in small town Mississippi, and even back then she was learning ways to empower herself and achieve her goals. This book takes her expertise and makes it understandable for people of all ages!”  Lance Bass, pop icon

“I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for Brittany Wagner’s guidance and endless support. She was a great academic advisor and, maybe even more importantly, she was a life advisor. As a lost 20-year-old who had made many mistakes in my life, there were days I was alone, with no one to talk to, but she was always there for me with a listening ear and an open heart.  Ms. Brittany was not there just to collect a paycheck. She was genuine and truly wanted to help me be the best student and best person I could possibly be. I will never forget the conversations we had that allowed me to learn and grow into the man I am today.”  —Dakota Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker

“Brittany Wagner is so inspiring to me, and with Next Chance You she’s captured many of her empowering pieces of advice in one place. Anyone who could use a little motivation or help getting themselves on track to create a better life should read this book!” —Sara Evans, country music star

“Brittany Wagner is the ultimate motivator.   She has turned countless people’s lives around, including her own, with her brains and her heart. Her legendary tenacity will be portrayed by Courteney Cox in the Hollywood version, but her real-life story is even more riveting to discover. 

And she’s sharing her secrets in Next Chance You. Brittany can help us all redefine success, both on and off the football field. From the humble East Mississippi Community College football program to Netflix stardom, Brittany maintains a clear-eyed view of what’s real and what’s hype. Next Chance You is a manifesto for living your best life . . . by first believing in yourself.“ —Juju Chang, co-anchor, ABC News Nightline

“There is no quick fix in the game of life. It takes blood, sweat, and tears to make our dreams a reality. Brittany Wagner understands this and teaches you how to make your life a success story in Next Chance You. She will teach you how to keep pushing toward the success you want, because all dreams can become realities with the right attitude and perseverance.” —James Conner, NFL running back for the Arizona Cardinals and author of Fear Is a Choice