Former Jackson State University Head Basketball Coach Wayne Brent came out to speak with Warren Central High School’s boys and girls basketball team on Thursday.
Brent spoke to in front of over 20 athletes and encouraged the students to change their mindset and become leaders.
“In order to be a good leader you have to be a good follower,” Brent said. “You also have to be a communicator because you always have to motivate.”
Brent also urged the players to find out what motivates them which would be the key to changing their mindset.
Getting a proper education was another topic discussed in Brent’s speech. He preached that it’s a requirement in order to get to the next level.
“It’s very important and you not going anywhere without it.” If you do not do the work in class you’re not going to make it,” Brent explained.
Brent shared a few more stories on players he coached over the years, such as Malik Newman who practiced his game before and after school and managed his academics. This was something Brent encouraged the Viking athletes to find – that type of motivation.
By the end of Brent’s speech, it seemed as if the athletes felt more confident and knew exactly what they needed to do in order to make it as an athlete.
Brent stuck around and answered a few questions from VDN on the recording below:
Brent is well-known for winning multiple state championships as a high school coach at Provine and Callaway High School where he won a combined six state titles. He also coached at Piney Woods for three years where he compiled a 72-16 record.
On the collegiate level, Brent was an assistant coach at Ole Miss who helped the Rebels to a 27-8 record while advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.
From 2013 to 2022 Brent served as JSU’s Head Coach when the Tigers were named the 2021 SWAC Regular Season Champions.
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