'Last Chance U' star Brittany Wagner to speak at Marietta on March 1

More information about owner of 10 Thousand Pencils will come closer to event

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MARIETTA, OHIO (10/05/2017) Brittany Wagner, who quickly became the star of the Netflix docu-series Last Chance U, will visit Marietta College on Thursday, March 1st, to lecture about the importance of students maintaining focus on their academics.

Marietta College's Sports Management Program is bringing Wagner to campus and will announce the time of her speaking engagement at a later date. She will speak in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

"We're excited to host Brittany Wagner in March," said Rick Smith, Assistant Professor of Sports Management. "Ms. Wagner will spend the day on the Marietta College campus meeting with select faculty, staff, and students before making a speech to the campus community that evening. The general public is also invited to attend."

More information on how to obtain tickets will be posted in the coming weeks.

Wagner became a fan favorite for her role in Last Chance U, helping junior college players get both their academics and their lives in order before moving on to a bigger football program. Last Chance U was a hit on Netflix as they followed three-time NJCAA National Champion EMCC during the 2015 and 2016 football seasons.

Wagner is no longer at East Mississippi Community College. She started her own business called 10 Thousand Pencils, a company that allows programs to hire Wagner to counsel athletes that need support or extra management.

Wagner 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.

During her time in the junior college ranks, Wagner has helped more than 200 football players and more than 50 men's basketball athletes reach the next level - many of whom are now playing professionally.

She earned her undergraduate degree in sport communication from Mississippi State University, followed by her master's degree in sport administration. Wagner is a native of Clinton, Mississippi, and a single mom to one daughter, Kennedy.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and has been listed among Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Peterson's Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation's best by Forbes.com.