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Coach Puts Communication Degree to Work

Coach Brittany Grittman with her team
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Though she played college volleyball, coaching a team wasn’t at the top of her list when Britney (Grittman ’14) Davis was deciding on a post-college career. However, after being admitted to the Southern Arkansas University master’s in kinesiology-coaching program, she was soon selected for a two-year position as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s volleyball program at SAU. Despite her initial nervousness about being an assistant coach, she knew that God had something special planned for her and was excited to see where this adventure would take her.

The biggest challenge was her age.

“I had just graduated and I was the only grad assistant coach in the program,” recalled Britney “It was hard to immediately earn the respect from the girls on the team, but through my time at MNU, on the MNU Volleyball team and in Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership positions, I gained the confidence I needed to get to know the girls better.”

One of her biggest accomplishments happened last year. SAU knocked out the reigning conference champion in the second round of the conference championship tournament--a first in program history.

This year, Britney got the opportunity to be head coach after a long interview process.

“I never really saw myself being a coach while I was attending MNU,” says Britney “But at the end of the day, I could not have picked a more perfect career for my degree. I am not only in charge of running a volleyball program, but also a business.”

Fast Facts:

  • Became head coach after being a grad assistant coach for only two years
  • Just got married
  • Husband Tad Davis, is completing same master’s program and assistant coach for men’s basketball



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Summer 2020

This issue features alumni who’ve committed themselves to serving others through healthcare. They comment on work during a pandemic as well as their motivation to serve. We hope you’ll be inspired by these few who represent many.

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