The WBCA celebrates Brittany Christian, 2016-17 Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree, as she begins her season as head coach at Northwest Kansas Technical College.
Christian transitioned to her current role after serving a year as assistant coach for the Mavericks. Before joining Northwest Kansas Tech, Christian was an assistant coach at Cheyney University.
Get to know Christian as she works to grow our sport.
Take us through the moment you realized you wanted to be a coach.
After graduating from college, I went home and worked a regular job while I assisted the coaching staff at my old high school. I was miserable during the day, but I instantly perked up as I made my way to the gym for practice and workouts. That experience showed me my true passion.
What is your technique for establishing respect among student-athletes — being close to their age?
I draw hard lines with my student-athletes. I’m conscious of the way I speak and interact with them, and in return, they maintain a level of respect where they know what is and is not acceptable.
How do you balance your work life and personal life?
I’m honest with family and friends about my availability. During the season and prime recruiting time, they know they won’t see much of me, but when I am available to spend time with them, I make it a priority. Balance is about outlining priorities and putting everything in its place.
Tell us something your team would be surprised to know about you.
Naturally, I’m laid back and quiet. I take on such a big voice and presence with my student-athletes that they assume I’m bossy, but I have a go-with-the-flow personality outside of work.
What does it mean to you to be recognized as a WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree?
This was a huge accomplishment for me on so many levels. There are many great up-and-coming coaches out here, so I was completely floored to be chosen among the honorees. It’s just another testament to the power of hard work, dedication and perseverance.
The WBCA recognizes annually the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 honorees. This recognition was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game. For more information on the award, click here.