Skip to main content

Meet Wanda Briley--A Long Time Coaching and Leadership Subscriber


Portions of the following were adapted from

For Wanda Briley, it’s not about the awards. Perhaps that’s why she removed the nameplates from nearly all of her sports trophies and donated them to a high school that couldn’t afford to purchase awards for its athletes. 

It was the high value Briley placed on the essence of teamwork that led her into coaching after graduation from USC. She enjoyed head basketball coaching jobs at High Point, Wake Forest and Winthrop, amassing a career record of 150-26. A highlight was when her 1978 High Point squad won the AIAW Division II national championship in Briley’s first season as a head coach. She was 25. 

She knew in high school that she wanted to be a basketball coach, a dream that turned into reality when she accepted the assistant coaching position at Appalachian State University. After two seasons, she moved onto High Point, and after much success there, she was hired as the head coach at Wake Forest, where she was given the opportunity to build its women’s basketball program.

Briley also had another goal in high school. She wanted to someday work in athletic administration. When she took the basketball coaching job at Winthrop, she also served as the assistant athletic director, the department’s academic advisor and the primary women’s administrator.

After stints in other industries, Briley came full circle. She went back to coaching at the high school level for a while and is now the academic dean at Cardinal Newman in Columbia. “Now I coach kids in the classroom, just as I did on the court,” she says. “And they all call me Coach Briley.”

Athletics have been a huge part of Briley’s life, and she hopes other young athletes can learn the important life lessons from sports that she did.

“Sports taught me discipline, organization and how to work hard,” she says. “Athletes are a different breed. They know how to set goals and how to attain those goals. And most of them know that it’s all about the team.”

She is also an NCAA Advisor who advises and mentors student athletes who have the skill and desire to play their sport in college. NCAA process, recruiting, interview techniques

We are honored to have Coach Briley as a long-time subscriber. We have some of the top leaders in the athletic and academic fields as subscribers. 

Great leaders like Coach Briley know they can never stop learning and they never stop reading. They also realize that for less than most people's monthly cable bill they can receive The Coaching and Leadership Journal delivered to their door every month. 

No other publication gives you so much information and is so easy to find and use. Let us do the work for you and provide you with information that will make you a better leader, coach, administrator, and person!

We would love to have you join us!


 More Information can be found at The Leadership Publishing Team.


Popular posts from this blog

The Coaching and Leadership Summit Is Pleased to Announce Kevin Spainhour Will be Presenting in Miami

  Spainhour is currently serving as principal at a large, urban school with 2,400 students and nearly 160 employees. The Coaching and Leadership Journal is pleased to announce that Kevin Spainhour will be a presenter at The Coaching and Leadership Summit, slated for April 13-15,2023 in Miami, Florida. Personal, positive, and purposeful are traits that encompass Kevin Spainhour’s leadership. As a twenty plus year high school educator from North Carolina, Kevin’s relational approach to leadership invigorates school culture, encourages student voice, and fosters intentionality. He is currently serving as principal at a large, urban school with 2,400 students and nearly 160 employees. He was named district Principal of the Year in 2020 and is often called upon to mentor other school leaders. Prior to school administration, Kevin spent thirteen years patrolling the high school sidelines as a men’s basketball coach twice being named Coach of the Year while winning 64% of his games. An accom

Congratulations To CLJ Subscriber Frank Martin

Recently, South Carolina Basketball Coach, Frank Martin was inducted into the Naismith Coaches Circle. Coach Martin is a long time Coaching & Leadership Journal Subscriber. The Naismith Coaches Circle was created to recognize those coaches that have impacted their communities, players, other coaches, and society in a positive manner. Coach Martin called his induction "a tremendous honor!" Coach, we also consider it a tremendous honor to have you a subscriber. Here's what Frank said about our Journal.. "Dan, I love your newsletter. Thank you!!"— Frank Martin Learn more about the Journal  Join Coach Martin and the rest of our impressive group of subscribers by starting your subscription today!

Don't Take It Out On The Coach

The following is a recent entry to Dan Spainhour's substack, Game Changing: Changing The Way You Look at Things So The Things You Look at Will Change I can’t even remember where I first heard it, but it is something that stuck to me like glue and has been with me ever since. “Don’t take it out on the coach!” So simple yet so profound. This simple saying has been my motto for life since my early days of coaching. You see, at the end of the day you will exit this world the same way you came in it—by yourself. Therefore, it is so important to take care of yourself and not allow others to live inside your head. When I first started coaching, I wanted to control everyone and everything. Along about my third year as a head coach, one of my players was arrested for stealing a car. I was immediately placed in a no-win situation. The player was a promising college prospect. These were the days before so much emphasis was placed on summer travel teams and how a prospect performed during thei